Now Dengue officially declared as epidemic outbreak in CCpur Samples collected, lab test underway

IMPHAL, Nov 11: Follo-wing outbreak of an unknown disease suspec-ted to be dengue in Churachandpur, the State Vector Borne Disease Control Society under the State Malaria Officer has collected blood samples from seven infected persons and sent the samples to RIMS laboratory which has been accredited by the Government of India.
It is reported that more samples would be collected from different places of Churachandpur starting from tomorrow for further laboratory test.
Talking to The Sangai Express, State Malaria Officer Dr Ibochouba said that contentment measures like fogging and awareness programmesabout Tiger mosquito species Ades, the carrier of Slavirus which causes dengue have been taken up.
However, there is no specific method of treatment if the samples being tested in RIMS laboratory turn out positive.
Though there is no specific drug for treatment of dengue, there is no reason to panic, Dr Ibochouba said.
Dengue was first discovered at Moreh in 2007, and there was no case of death due to infection by dengue, he said.
Symptoms like fever and ache in different parts of the body do not always mean dengue.
The symptoms include retrobulbar pain (acute pain within eyes) and growth of greenish spots on body parts, Dr Ibochouba explained.
Out of 12 different cases which weretested by the District Malaria Officer, Churachandpur, only one was found dengue-combo positive.
Dengue-combo is not exactly dengue. At the same time, it cannot be said that dengue-combo is not related with dengue.
When blood samples of 1000 people are found positive for Slavirus whichcauses dengue, only one or two persons may be infected by dengue.
As there is no specific method for treatment of dengue, the general practice is, injection of IV fluids and providing other supportive treatments in order to strengthen immune system of patients.
Growth of purpuric rash (greenish spots) on body parts could be observed on people infected by dengue seriously.
When the condition worsens, the greenish spots would start bleeding and this is an indication that plateletcounts have decreased.
In such situation, the patient with be injected wit fresh platelets.
Incidentally, RIMS has the facility to remove RBC and WBC from blood andconcentrate only platelets in blood, informed Dr Ibochouba.


886 trucks leave Jiribam

IMPHAL, Nov 9 : Altogether 886 trucks including two diesel tankers, 12 petrol tankers, two kerosene tankers and five LPG bullet tankers have left Jiribam for Imphal today along with security escorts. Moreover, another 30 tankers are being loaded with fuel oils at Ramnagar, Silchar.
Notably, CAF & PD Director M Yaiskul has been stationed at Ramnagar at the instruction of the Government ofManipur to ensure uninterrupted supply of fuel oils to the State.

Kut : Post harvest fest cheersfirst day of post blockade

Imphal, Nov 1: The post harvest festival
of the Kuki-Chin-Mizo-Zomi (CHI- KIMZ)
ethnic groups,’ Kut which is a
thanksgiving to God for a bountiful
harvest was celebrated today with
much fanfare with the main event held at 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles Ground
here. Morning cultural programme including,
tradi- tional round of Miss Kut Beauty
Pageant was graced by Chief Minister O
Ibobi Singh as chief guest and in the
evening programme, V Kishore Chandra
Deo, Union Minister of Tribal affairs and Panchayati Raj graced as Chief Guest.
Power Minister Phungzathang Tonsing
and Health Minister L Jayantakumar
attended the occasion as president and
guest of honour respectively. The main event of Kut festival at 1st
battalion Manipur Rifles was organized
by the State level Kut Committee (SLKC). In his address, Chief Minister Ibobi
appealed to all not to disturb the
general public or hurt the sentiment of
any communities for the cause of a
demand. “The Government has a firm belief that
for every problem there is a solution
though it takes time to sort it out”,
Ibobi said, while observing that
negotiations are the basic tools to solve
problems. “The Government has no intention to
hurt any community or individual in
the State while bringing a solution for
any particular community. It has never
used coercion that could hurt the
people of the State and such act is not accepted by God,” insisted the Chief
Minister. “The people of Manipur were born in
this land and will die here too. We are
brothers and sisters of one parent”,
Ibobi said on the occasion. Incidentally Kut was celebrated on the
first day of the SHDDC suspending the
92 days economic blockade.

4 UPPK cadres lay down arms

IMPHAL, Oct 10 : Four cadres of the armed outfit
United People’s Party of Kangleipak (UPPK) laid
down arms and surrendered to Chief Minister
Okram Ibobi today. The surrender function was held at the Chief
Minister’s Secretariat this afternoon. Speaking at the occasion, Ibobi stated that the four
cadres came from Myanmar through Moreh and
they surrendered to the Government through
Bishnupur SP Th Radhashyam. The UPPK cadres who laid down arms have been
identified as Akoijam Surjit alias Bung alias Ayonba
(30) of Iroishemba Manghiden, RK Samson alias
Thabalchaba (30) of Sagolband Moirang Hanuba
Leirak, Okram Rojen alias Rohen of Keibi Heikak
Mapal and Ningthoujam Naoba alias abung alias Kanbiba alias Tenis (24) of Ningthoukhong Kha
Khunou. They brought along three German-made Heckler &
Koch 33 assault rifles, one A-1 rifles, three
magazines each and a larger number of assorted
ammunition. The four cadres joined the UPPK in different periods
and they underwent training in the outfit’s camps
located in Myanmar. Ibobi stated that the four
cadres sent feelers bringing the message of their
intention to re-join the national mainstream. “They are most welcomed by the State
Government and the Police Department”, the Chief
Minister told media persons. He further assured that maximum assistance would
be extended to the surrendered cadres so that they
can live their lives under a peaceful and secure
atmosphere. To a query about the State rehabilitation
programme for surrenderees, Ibobi informed that
the State Government has considering to absorb
the surrenderees in State forces or para-military
forces in consultation with the Ministry of Home
Affairs. Nevertheless, it would require examination of their
(surrenderees) educational qualification and
physical fitness. Other options are also opened to
them, the Chief Minister stated. Works Minister K Ranjit and DGP Y Joykumar too
attended the surrender function. To a query about the dramatic escape of KCP-MTF’s
commander Sunil Meitei from police custody, Ibobi
remarked that it was never expected. Nevertheless, the Police Department has been
mobilising all its resources to re-arrest Sunil Meitei,
he added. 

Govt reduces TET to grace marksexercise Manna to aspiring teachers

IMPHAL, Oct 7 : The State Government has awarded
grace marks to all the candidates who appeared for
the Teachers’ Eligibility Test, as the number of
candidates who scored the minimum marks for
quali-fication fell way below the number of
teachers pro-jected to be inducted soon. Getting through the Teachers’ Eligibility Test has
been made compulsory for anyone to become a
teacher either in the private or Government
educational institutions and the first TET was
conducted for Manipur on September 16 this year. The grace marks come on the heels of the ruckus
that was created on September 16 amid suspicions
of questions being leaked and some candidates not
finding their names at their allotted centres,
necessitating a retest for some candidates on
September 25. As per the result of the test announced on
September 27, the total number of candidates who
cleared the eligibility test for the Primary level was
put at 10,220 and 7107 for the Upper Primary. Disclosing this to The Sangai Express, a highly
reliable source said that the decision to allot a
grace mark of 10 on each candidate was taken
after it came to light that the number of candidates
who had actually touched the qualifying
benchmark was far too short of the number of teachers to be actually recruited soon. The grace mark of 10 was in addition to the 5
marks already allotted for a wrong key in the
question paper, said the source. The decision to allot the grace mark was taken at a
high level of the Government, said the source
further. Giving details of the impending need for a massive
recruitment drive for teachers, the source said that
under the directive of the Centre, all States are to
have one Primary school in an area of one square
kilometre and one Upper Primary school in every
three square kilometres. During the mapping of the number of schools in
Manipur, it was found that the number of schools in
the State was far below the National level. The massive recruitment drive will help to meet
the required strength of teachers once the schools
come up. The Union Human Resource Development Ministry
has directed the State Government to set up 1,236
primary schools and 478 Upper Primary schools,
said the source and added that 158 Primary schools
are to be upgraded to Upper Primary. The projected required number of teachers for the
schools set to come up has been pegged at over
2000, said the source and added that notifications
for teacher recruitment will be issued soon. The about 2000 teachers likely to be recruited will
include around 1000 in the general category, 600
STs, 40 SCs and 340 OBCs. 

Makhan protests Sadar Hills distdemand

IMPHAL, Oct 6 : Coming out openly against the
Sadar Hills district demand, a protest
demonstration was today staged at Ma-khan by
people coming from around 117 Naga villages
located within the projected Sadar Hills district. The protest demonstration was participated by
several hundreds of people including school
students. The protesters put up placards and festoons which
read as, “Senapati district cannot be dismembered”,
“Sadar Hills district cannot be created without the
consent of Nagas”, “Administrative boundaries
should not be re- organised”, “SHDDC’s demand is
not supported by all the people” etc. Addressing a public meeting held as a part of the
protest demonstration, Liangmai Naga Council,
Senapati Zone chairman T Disinang said that they
kept silent on the issue for the UNC and other Naga
frontal organisations were fighting for the common
cause. “But now we have decided to openly protest the
Sadar Hills district demand, and hence the protest
demonstration”, Disinang said. Saying that they would never compromise their
land and rights, Disinang maintained they were not
objecting to any community’s agenda but only
protecting their land and rights. Saikul Area Naga People’s Organisation president
Chance Raikhan questioned if the SHDDC has any
hidden agenda behind the demand for Sadar Hills
district which they took up without ever bothering
to consult the Nagas. Contending that there were reasons for not
creating Sadar Hills district, Raikhan asserted that
State Government and Naga organisations have
signed four MoUs in the past. These MoUs clearly laid down that no new districts
can be created without the consent of Nagas, he
said. “That is why, Sadar Hills district still remains elusive
even though the same demand is 40 years old. If
the demand carries mandate of all the people, it
can be fulfilled in a day”, he asserted. It is only a matter of omitting the letter ‘A’ from
the present nomenclature ‘Kangpokpi ADC’, Raikhan
said. “Because we did not stage such open protest
earlier, the SHDDC simply presumed that their
demand was supported by Naga people of Sadar
Hills area”, he remarked. He asserted that it needs a joint consultation
between SHDDC and Naga people of Sadar Hills area
before the issue of Sadar Hills district demand is
settled. Condemning the alleged double-standard nature of
the State Government, Raikhan asked the
Government’s motive of accepting the Sadar Hills
district demand as genuine after it has signed four
MoUs with the Nagas, only to come up with the
idea of constituting the Committee on Re- organisaton of Administrative and Police
Boundaries. The State Government’s conduct is more akin to the
proverbial distribution of cake by a cunning
monkey between two quarrelling cats, and is
indicative of its sinister design to exacerbate
conflict between hill people. The protest demonstration culminated with
different slogans shouted in unison. They shouted slogans like, “Sadar Hills district
should not be created”, “Honour the MoUs” etc. The meeting agreed to stage similar protest
demonstrations in Naga inhabited villages of Sadar
Hills area.

Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton lead nods at CMAs

Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean lead the way at this year’s Country Music Association Awards with five nods each.
All four have nominations for album of the year, as well as their respectivemale and female vocalist categories.
They will also compete for the top prize – entertainer of the year – along with Keith Urban.
Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the annual ceremony on 9 November from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Aldean, who released his first record in 2005, has received his first nomination for male vocalist of the year, and goes up against Shelton, who took the title last year.
Paisley, Urban and Kenny Chesney arealso nominated in the category.
Meanwhile, Swift, Underwood, Sara Evans and Martina McBride will compete against last year’s winner, Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert, for top female vocalist.
Newcomers The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band each earned four nominations, including top songwriter nods for Kimberly Perry and Zac Brown.
Both groups are also up for top vocal group, alongside Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts.
New artist of the year nominees included The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Thompson Square and Chris Young.

India high cout blast in Delhi kills 9

A bomb was said to have been placedin a briefcase outside a main gate to the court
At least nine people have been killed and 45 injured in an explosion outside the high court in the Indian capital, Delhi, officials say.
The blast took place outside one of the main gates leading to the reception of the busy high court.
The explosion was caused by “at least a medium-intensity bomb”, home ministry official UK Bansal said.
A minor blast happened outside the same court in June when a bomb exploded inside a car. There were no casualties.
The latest explosion occurred around 10:17 local time (04:47 GMT).
Home Secretary RK Singh told the CNN-IBN news channel that the blast killed nine people and wounded 45 others.
“The bomb was apparently placed in a briefcase next to the reception at one of the main gates of the court,” Special Police Commissioner Dharmendra Kumar told reporters.
News channels showed ambulances taking away a number of people who appeared to be severely injured.
Kirti Uppal, an eyewitness, told CNN-IBN that the blast happened in front of a reception area which issuespasses for entry into the court.
“It sounded like a very powerful explosion. There is panic everywhere. We have taken a lot of injured to the hospital,” he said.
An unnamed lawyer outside the court said he heard a “deafening sound and saw a lot of smoke” when he was parking his car.
“There were a lot of people in a queue for passes at the gate. I saw blood on the road, I saw body parts,” he said.
In July, 26 people died in three explosions in the country’s financial capital, Mumbai.
Mumbai is now on a state of high alert, the police control room has toldthe BBC.
The BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder, in Delhi, says the area was crowded with lawyers and witnesses because Wednesday is the day when most public-interest litigation is heard at the high court.
Forensic experts are now collecting debris to analyse but there has been no word from police on who they suspect might be behind the attack, our correspondent adds.