Manipur government to transfer money to Manipuris stranded outside the state

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 7, 2020: Manipur chief minister’s secretariat has resolved to transfer a financial assistance of Rs 2, 000 to each person who are stranded outside the state during the Covid-19 lockdown. The sum is to be transferred from the CM’s Covid-19 Relief Fund through to respective bank accounts. Chief minister informing this development on his Facebook post, on Tuesday, urged to refer to www.tengbang.in for details. On the website the chief minister wrote “My dear brothers and sisters, my fellow Manipuris living far and near. It’sRead More

Government will take actions against betel leaves transporters – CM

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 6, 2020: Chief Minister N. Biran Singh said that at least 53 (Fifty Three) bundles of betel leaves were seized and government will take up legal actions against those who had transported it. In a video messages clarifying about the hue and cry on airlifting of betel leaves in the state, he said, betel leaves is not an illegal item and government cannot initiate against those who had airlifted it. However, considering the present situation of lockdown due to COVID-19 state government does not entertainRead More

Manipur governor donates 30% of one year’s salary to PM CARES fund

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 6, 2020: Manipur governor Dr. Najma Heptulla has donated 30% of her salary for one year, starting from April, in the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation Fund (PM CARES Fund) total amount of which is Rs 12,60,000 in view of the impending serious Covid-19 pendamic situation The outbreak of Coronavirus,( Covid-19) pandemic has brought untold miseries to the people of all over the globe in general and our country, in particular. The dreaded pandemie is affecting people of our country andRead More

Manipur’s first Covid-19 patient tests negative

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 6, 2020: The first person who was tested positive of Covid-19 in Manipur has been confirmed negative of the disease in the final test conducted on Monday. Sharing the news on a Facebook post, state health and family welfare minister, L. Jayentakumar said, “The much awaited news of our daughter’s final Covid-19 test report has come out negative”. “Now she is completely free from Covid-19 virus,” he added. He praised medical department and doctors and staff of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) forRead More

Fake news on 3 months free electricity circulating on social media platforms

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 6, 2020: Since the nation came to 21 day lockdown due to Covid-19, various fake news are circulating on many social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp etc. On Monday, voice message regarding free 3 months electricity is going viral on WhatsApp in Manipur. The message said to get free electricity for 3 months one need to follow some steps for activation. One has to type *00000000009# two times to activate the 3 months free electricity subscription, it said. However, the said key is forRead More

A tiger in US tested positive for Covid-19

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 6, 2020: In a first case of Covid-19 infection from human to animal, a 4 year old Tiger in a Zoo in US has tested positive for coronavirus. According to a bbc.com report, Nadia, a four-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo, in New York City was tested positive for the coronavirus and it is believed to be the first known case of an animal infected by a human with Covid-19. The test result was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa.Read More

Crackers respond Prime Minister’s call against Coronavirus in Imphal

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 5, 2020: Crackers blasts filled the air in Imphal while responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to show collective solidarity in the nation in its fight against Coronavirus by putting off lights and lit up candles and diyas. As the clock ticks nine in the evening people start firing crackers and continued for minutes beyond 9-minutes period. Modi had appealed to the people to turn off lights for nine minutes at 9 pm to show collective resolve to defeat the virus. People here wereRead More

‘Manipur Covid-19 positivity rate only 1.12%’

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 5, 2020: The Covid-19 positivity rate in Manipur till date has been only 1.12% as per a statement released by Covid-19 Common Control Room, Manipur. The statement said on Sunday 42 Covid-test were conducted in the state. The Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences conducted 20 tests and 22 at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences. Out of the total 178 Covid-19 tests conducted till Sunday only 2 persons were tested positive for Covid-19. The state government has also approvedRead More

All shops except few to close down for 7 days

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 5, 2020: All markets/shops except shops selling medicinal items, milk booths and newspaper hawkers have been ordered to close down for the next one week with immediate effect to ensure total lockdown in Manipur. District Magistrates on Sunday issued orders for the shop closure. An order issued by district Magistrate, Imphal West stated that home delivery of essential items by agencies which have been granted permission shall be allowed to continue to provide their services. It appealed no to panic as the measure taken upRead More

Reuseable mask for newspaper hawkers in Manipur

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 5, 2020: Manipur government handed over 300 reusable masks to president, Editors’ Guild, Manipur to distribute them free of cost to newspaper hawkers. The masks, locally produced, are washable, reusable and last much longer as they are made of local cotton cloths. These masks are now highly recommended by ministry of health and family welfare, which has already circulated how to stitch such masks as these are much more safer than the using surgical masks over a long period. While surgical masks are not reusableRead More

CM appeals to light candles, diyas today

Imphal, April 5, 2020 (DIPR):To show solidarity in the fight against COVID-19, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh appealed to the people of the State to switch off their electric lights at 9 p.m. tonight for nine minutes and light candles or diyas or mobile flashlights standing at their doorsteps and balconies, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Addressing the people of the State, Chief Minister said that amid the darkness spread by COVID-19 pandemic, we must fight collectively and defeat the darkness by spreading the glory of light.Read More

Manipur government lists 7 oil stations to open for 5 hrs during lockdown

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 5, 2020: Manipur government has on Saturday listed seven oil filling stations to open from 7:00 am to 12:00 noon during the period of lockdown/curfew due to Covid-19 pendemic with immediate effect. Uripok Energy Station, Imphal West has been alloted for ministers and MLAs. NRL Services, Telipati, Imphal East has been alloted for vehicles carrying essential items and food, including wholesale dealers and retailers, home delivery personnel authorised by deputy commissioners concerned. BB & Co., Sangaiprou has been alloted for FCI, CAF & PD trucksRead More

First Covid-19 positive patients in Manipur tests negative, needs another test

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 4, 2020: First Covid-19 positive person in Manipur has been tested negative of the disease on Saturday and another test is required after 24 hours to be conducted on Monday. Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) director Th. Bimo said this to local media. He said as her health condition was improving well as new test was conducted and resulted negative. “If she is found negative of the test again after 24 hours, a decision will be taken for discharge,” the director added. However,Read More

Manipur Police continues to crack down lockdown violators 

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 4, 2020: A total of 546 violators were detained along with 473 vehicles in Manipur on Saturday as state police department continued to crack down violators of Lockdown. The law violators were produced before the Magistrate and fines of Rs 53,900 was collected. The police department appeals to the public to follow the advice and guidelines issued by the government and stay indoors for their own safety and safety of the public. Those who came to purchase essential items are requested not to use vehicle andRead More

Imphal city gets special police patrol unit

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 4, 2020: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Saturday launched the Manipur Police Patrol Unit meant for Imphal city at chief minister’s secretariat. The chief mnister, who also holds the Home portfolio, handed over the keys to Imphal East superintendent of police Jogeshchandra Haobijam and Imphal West superintendent of police K. Meghachandra to mark the launch of the city police patrol unit . For operationalisation of the special unit, 15 Innova cars have been procured by the Manipur Police department. The unit which isRead More