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By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 11

Amidst the growing apprehension of a spread of mosquito related diseases looming large in the state owing to constant rain and flooding, blood samples from five suspected cases of Dengue and four of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) collected from different places have been confirmed to be positive. 

The subjects of the four positive case of Dengue are from Hengkhom village of Churachandpur district.

Altogether seven suspected Dengue cases were reported from Hengkhom village last week as the health department along with the district Malaria office swung into action.

Since the suspected cases of Dengue were reported, the malaria office has also been taking up preventive measures like fogging of the area.

It has been speculated that the Dengue could be native and not imported as investigation conducted on the patients revealed there were no records of their travelling to other states or districts recently.

Further corroborating the theory, it has been informed that Aedes larva of the breed of mosquito responsible for spreading yellow fever, were found in the area.

Nevertheless, the sources maintained that there was no need for panic as the preventive measures have been taken up and that concerned authority is closely monitoring the situation.

Meanwhile, blood samples from another four cases of suspected Japanese Encephalitis (JE) taken from patients undergoing treatment at Shija Hospitals are also confirmed to be positive.

In the meantime, the test result of a woman who died at Shija hospital on July 6 of suspected JE turned out to be negative.

Of the four patients who were tested positive of JE, two have been discharged from the hospital after having recovered, while the remaining two are still undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Urikhambam Kajungpeo, 7, of Sekmaijin and Mayengbam Yaiphaba Devi, 30, of Wabagai are still undergoing treatment while Alexander Laishram, 17, of Kwakeithel Thokchom Leikai and Khamkhokai, 57, Laijangphai of Churachandpur have been discharged.

It is learn that hospital authority has submitted the report of the JE cases along with case histories of the patients to the health department.

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By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 11

Amidst the growing apprehension of a spread of mosquito related diseases looming large in the state owing to constant rain and flooding, blood samples from five suspected cases of Dengue and four of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) collected from different places have been confirmed to be positive. 

The subjects of the four positive case of Dengue are from Hengkhom village of Churachandpur district.

Altogether seven suspected Dengue cases were reported from Hengkhom village last week as the health department along with the district Malaria office swung into action.

Since the suspected cases of Dengue were reported, the malaria office has also been taking up preventive measures like fogging of the area.

It has been speculated that the Dengue could be native and not imported as investigation conducted on the patients revealed there were no records of their travelling to other states or districts recently.

Further corroborating the theory, it has been informed that Aedes larva of the breed of mosquito responsible for spreading yellow fever, were found in the area.

Nevertheless, the sources maintained that there was no need for panic as the preventive measures have been taken up and that concerned authority is closely monitoring the situation.

Meanwhile, blood samples from another four cases of suspected Japanese Encephalitis (JE) taken from patients undergoing treatment at Shija Hospitals are also confirmed to be positive.

In the meantime, the test result of a woman who died at Shija hospital on July 6 of suspected JE turned out to be negative.

Of the four patients who were tested positive of JE, two have been discharged from the hospital after having recovered, while the remaining two are still undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Urikhambam Kajungpeo, 7, of Sekmaijin and Mayengbam Yaiphaba Devi, 30, of Wabagai are still undergoing treatment while Alexander Laishram, 17, of Kwakeithel Thokchom Leikai and Khamkhokai, 57, Laijangphai of Churachandpur have been discharged.

It is learn that hospital authority has submitted the report of the JE cases along with case histories of the patients to the health department.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 00:00

Unknown disease claims two in Ccpur

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CHURACHANDPUR | July 11

Mysterious illness has broken out at V Sanai village of Churachandpur claiming lives of a woman and a five year old child, who died on July 7.

The chief of the village said that the patients had complained of fever, weakness and breathlessness earlier on June 25. The village authority could not take care of the patients because of paucity of funds. Later, the Kuki Khanglai Lompi (KKL) rushed the ailing persons in their ambulance to the district hospital. The chief also said that they do not have any PHSC at their village and the one at nearby Koite village has been non-functional.

The mass illness has also broken out at Santing village under Henglep assembly constituency, said sources.

The president of KKL told IFP correspondent that they are into action after they heard the news of mass illness and took 50 out of 115 denizens from the village and informed the hospital officials. The KKL president also said that the patients are now in the care of the doctors of Churachandpur district hospital. Financial aids have been given by chairman of ADCC, Khaipau Haokip with Rs 10,000 and MLA TN Haokip with Rs 20,000 along with free medicines by officials of the district hospital.

The mass illness also occurred at a Hengkot village under Henglep Assembly constituency, however the case was taken care by district medical department and veterinary department under initiative of KKL.  About 29 patients are below 11 years including the child who died and 50 patients are still at district hospital for treatment. The health department is still working to find the cause and cure for the illness.

District malaria officer Dr Jamthianlal said that medical team has gone to Sangting village and examined 131 people and took three sputum and 21 blood samples.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 00:00

Four killed in Dimapur bridge collapse

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DIMAPUR | July 11

 Four persons were killed and five others critically injured after a bridge collapse in the outskirt of Dimapur this afternoon. Reports said the Chathe bridge connecting Dimapur and Niuland near Referral Hospital, officially known as Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research (CISR), at Char Mile (4th Mile) under Diphupar police station collapsed, killing four persons at the spot and injuring five others seriously. The bridge collapsed while vehicles were passing the bridge, the reports said.

The victims seemed to be occupants of the vehicles.

One Eeco van, three Tata Mobile (mini trucks) and an Auto-rickshaw were found damaged badly at the spot. The injured are now being treated at Referral Hospital.

The deceased have been identified as one Jaheda Ali (23 years), w/o Late Bakset Ali from Tripura, Rohita Devi, w/o Abdul Malik also from Tripura, Sahil Ali, s/o Bakset Ali from Tripura and Bakset Ali (32 years), s/o Tayub Ali from Tripura.

Meanwhile, corruption watch dog of Nagaland, Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) said that today’s tragic and “civic disaster” was because of the sheer negligence and corruption on the part of the PWD or Road and Bridge department, the Government of Nagaland and the failure of the district administration to supervise the riverbeds.

“It is pertinent to mention here that the bridge has been declared a public hazard for a long time  and the concerned authorities have been alerted on numerous occasions and were aware about the precarious condition of the bridge but did nothing about it,” ACAUT pointed out, adding, “This grave and tragic accident was one that was not supposed to happen had the concerned authorities taken serious note and had taken corrective measures”. ACAUT further said that this should serve as a wake-up call for the department and the Government of Nagaland and PWD or Road and Bridge department to take serious notes on public safety hazards in order to avoid such tragic and unfortunate incidents in future.

Considering the seriousness of the matter, ACAUT demanded that the Government adequately pays compensation to the of victims’ families in this most unfortunate and tragic accident. ACAUT also demanded that the police immediately arrest the Minister in-charge Roads & Bridges, the Executive Engineer (PWD), Dimapur division, the sand and gravel “mafia” including the contractors, and the concerned village council authorities allowing the extraction of stones in the riverbeds as per an FIR filed in this regard at the Diphupar Police station by the ACAUT today. ACAUT also demanded that the Chief Minister immediately sacks the Minister, Roads & Bridges, Vikheho Swu. ACAUT then demanded for the immediate setting up of a “high powered independent inquiry committee” comprising of members of the public to probe the collapse of the bridge.

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By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 11

Babloo Loitongbam, executibe director Human Right Alert (HRA) today expressed the hope that the Supreme Court may pass an order any day to probe cases of extra-judicial executions by the security forces and police in Manipur.

Addressing the 8 th foundation day of Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families’ Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) at G.M Hall Babloo said the victim families and people of the state should stand together as one so that they could provide profs of fake encounter killings during the upcoming investigation.

Babloo, however, said he could predict what kind of probe will be ordered by the Supreme Court.

The EEVFAM and HRA filed a petition in the apex court seeking setting up of a special investigation team to probe 1528 cases of alleged fake encounter killings in Manipur. The final hearing on the petition which also sought adequate compensation for the relatives of the victims was held on April 18, 19 and 20 this year.

Recalling the struggle of the people of Manipur to fight against fake encounter killings Babloo hoped that the verdict of the Supreme Court will have international ramifications as many countries are waiting for the verdict on the human rights situation in Manipur.

Amar Yumnam  of Manipur University’s economics department said compensation and getting justice are important but the foremost is the adherence to rules of law in the state by the culprits and victims.

“Let EEVFAM case of inhuman treatment be the last in the state, and in the whole world and let rule of law prevails in the state,” he added.

An all religion prayer was held as a part of the programme for peace and for the departed souls

An open discussion on future prospect was held after the main observance function.

The organisers put up photos of more than 400 victims on the dais. There are much more photographs of victims. However, they could not put up all because of space constraint.

The president of EEVFAM Renu Takhellambam called for united strength of the relatives of the victims as there is hope for probe into the cases and final justice.

Edina Yaikhom, secretary of the association presented the annual report of the association.

Hundreds of people, including the victim’s families, including people from Tamenglong and Churachandpur district, came to attend the programme.

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By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 11

Babloo Loitongbam, executibe director Human Right Alert (HRA) today expressed the hope that the Supreme Court may pass an order any day to probe cases of extra-judicial executions by the security forces and police in Manipur.

Addressing the 8 th foundation day of Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families’ Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) at G.M Hall Babloo said the victim families and people of the state should stand together as one so that they could provide profs of fake encounter killings during the upcoming investigation.

Babloo, however, said he could predict what kind of probe will be ordered by the Supreme Court.

The EEVFAM and HRA filed a petition in the apex court seeking setting up of a special investigation team to probe 1528 cases of alleged fake encounter killings in Manipur. The final hearing on the petition which also sought adequate compensation for the relatives of the victims was held on April 18, 19 and 20 this year.

Recalling the struggle of the people of Manipur to fight against fake encounter killings Babloo hoped that the verdict of the Supreme Court will have international ramifications as many countries are waiting for the verdict on the human rights situation in Manipur.

Amar Yumnam  of Manipur University’s economics department said compensation and getting justice are important but the foremost is the adherence to rules of law in the state by the culprits and victims.

“Let EEVFAM case of inhuman treatment be the last in the state, and in the whole world and let rule of law prevails in the state,” he added.

An all religion prayer was held as a part of the programme for peace and for the departed souls

An open discussion on future prospect was held after the main observance function.

The organisers put up photos of more than 400 victims on the dais. There are much more photographs of victims. However, they could not put up all because of space constraint.

The president of EEVFAM Renu Takhellambam called for united strength of the relatives of the victims as there is hope for probe into the cases and final justice.

Edina Yaikhom, secretary of the association presented the annual report of the association.

Hundreds of people, including the victim’s families, including people from Tamenglong and Churachandpur district, came to attend the programme.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 00:00

Five state officials suspended for graft

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 11

Four government officials were placed under suspension after they were found guilty of corruption in an investigation launched by the Anti-corruption Cell.

The four officials are labour inspector L. Binoy, Dr L Subhaschandra, medical officer of Thoubal district hospital, mechanical supervisor of electrical and mechanical division, irrigation and flood control department, W Ranbir Singh and section officer of the same division O. Lokendro, Imphal West police sub-inspector R. K. Babina of Imphal East police station.

Binoy is charged with taking Rs 1000 from labour card holders for releasing yearly scholarship for children, Subhaschandra with taking Rs 3000 each from patient parties, Ranbir and Lokendro with taking money from officials regarding withdrawal of GPF, ACP and other pension benefits and Babina with taking money from the public to bring amicable solution to both parties.

The officials were suspended by their respective departments after the cases were referred by the Cell.

Officer on special duty of the Cell, S. Hemanta in a press conference held at the CM secretariat office today said that the anti-corruption cell will not oblige complaints which are personal in nature. Complaints like money taken for providing jobs by non-government individuals and money related problems between individuals will not be accepted.

He further mentioned that the public are requested not to bring such complaints on ‘meeyamgi numit’.

 Further, complaint cases regarding irregular distribution of PDS items from March this year onwards will only be entertained.

So far, the cell has taken up action in 125 cases, in totality 9 officials of various departments have been suspended by the competent authority. Four officials have been re-assigned their duties in different departments. Three personnel of the 6 th MR, Ukhrul have been given last warning.

In another separate case, a 10-page interim report of the investigation into the supply of ‘paper’ belts has been submitted to the CM today. The final report will be given in a week’s time.

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IMPHAL | July 11

Rights activists, family, relatives and people remembered Thangjam Manorama today by observing 13th death anniversary at Lamyanba Shanglen, Konung Mamang. It was jointly organised by Thangjam Manorama Chanu Memorial Trust, Bhamon Kampu and Apunba lup.

Speaking to the media, co-ordinator of Apunba Lup, Phunindro Konsam said many innocents have been killed under Armed Forces Special Power Act 1957. But the most brutal killing under act was killing of Manorama after she was allegedly raped by Assam Rifles.

Phunindro said the movement for seeking justice for AFSPA victims and getting the armed forces act repealed will continue.

“The government has not taken any action against the personnel who were involved in the killing of Manorama,” Phinindro claimed.

He said, at the time of incident the then Prime Minister announced that AFSPA is a draconian law and it would be replaced with a law with a human face.

“It has also agreed at international level that killing of Manorama is crime against humanity. Some compensation is not enough. AFSPA should be repealed and the guilty should be punished,” he said.

To achieve political mileage, many political parties promised in their election manifesto that AFSPA will be repealed if the parties came to power. But it is only false promise to the public, Phunindro added.

He said the Apunba Lup has prepared to submit a memorandum to the present government to repeal AFSPA and to punish the personnel involved in fake encounters. If the government does not consider the demand several democratic movements will be launched, Phunindro warned.

President of Manorama trust, Bhamon Kampu, Sengoi Luwang, president of Apunba Manipur Kanba Ima Lup (AMKIL), Ph. Sakhi, president of Kangleipak Lamjing Apunba Meira lup (KANGLAMEI) and Y. Leirik Leima, president of Ching-tam United Association (CHITUWA), M. Purnimashi also present the function.

During the observance, floral tribute was paid to the portrait of Manorama.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 00:00

Tulihal drug case hearing continues

By A Staff Reporter

IMPHAL | July 11

Sub-inspector Amitabh Singh Arambam appeared before the judge of special court (NDPS) as second prosecution witness in respect with the infamous Tulihal drug haul case where in which Wangkhei, MLA, Okram Henry is allegedly involved.

Amitabh told the court that the seized seven boxes which were marked as A to G respectively and they bore the signatures of SI, E. Ajit Singh, executive magistrate, L. Geetchandra Singh and HC, K. Brojendro Singh and the boxes were produced before the court with sealed and packed intact.

The seven boxes were opened before the court today in the presence of the counsels of the accused persons and SI, E. Ajit Singh, he added.

Amitabh said that 214 small boxes of Robocoff tablets and 50 packets of Baba 120 chewing tobacco were found to contain in the first box, 217 small boxes of Robocoff tablets and 50 packets of Baba 120 chewing tobacco were found to contain in the second box, 216 small boxes of Robocoff tablets and 80 packets of Baba 120 chewing tobacco were found to contain in the third box.

The fourth box were found to contain 215 small boxes of Robocoff tablets, 215 small boxes of Robocoff tablets and 180 packets of Baba 120 chewing tobacco were found to contain in the fifth box but the level appearing the signature of SI, E. Ajit Singh, executive magistrate, L. Geetchandra Singh and HC, K. Brojendro Singh were not found, he added.

He continued that the sixth boxes were found to contain 5470 strips of Seafied tablets and 200 packets of Baba premium chewing tobacco and the last box were found to contain 134 bundles of Respifed tablets.

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IMPHAL | July 11

United NGOs Mission Manipur (UNM-M) urged the state government to take appropriate action to check increasing trend of human rights violation in the state under the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA).

The continuous trend of human rights violation which includes murder, suspected extrajudicial execution, rape, rape and murder, involuntary missing, suicide, physical assaults and so on had worried UNM-M, said U. Nobokishore, secretary of the organisation while addressing media persons at a press meet at Youth Hostel, Khuman Lampak today.

According to Nobokishore, the total number of human rights violation cases that have occurred since January 1 to June 6 this year is 291 and feared that these are just recorded and reported ones. He said said many cases went unreported too.

“This took place during the past six months. What will happen in the next six months is also unpredictable,” he added.

The organisation urged the government and concerned authorities to take this very seriously and establish SITs (special investigation team) including representatives of human rights organisation for intensive investigation in the state.

Athari Samson (54 years), son of Athari Koba of Kassom Kunthak, Kamjong district was shot dead on January 2 by 27 Assam Rifles whereas Abel Gangmei (32 years) son of Chinglung of Thiyulong village, Tamenglong district was killed by unknown armed persons on January 11. Their cases are not cleared till now including many others, said the secretary.

He also urged the state and central government to repeal AFSPA 1958 from the state as soon as possible so that such inhuman human rights violation will not happen again in the state by armed forces.

All armed forces of India, armed police and civilians who committed such violation should be punished according to Indian and international law keeping in mind that these are all war crime demanded the organisation.

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