News – Eastern Mirror https://easternmirrornagaland.com The latest and breaking news from Nagaland, northeast India, India and the world. Current affairs and news of politics from around the world, latest updates on business news, sports, arts and entertainment Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:40:56 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/cropped-FavIcon-32x32.png News – Eastern Mirror https://easternmirrornagaland.com 32 32 Arunachal teacher voluntarily turns into Covid-19 warrior https://easternmirrornagaland.com/arunachal-teacher-voluntarily-turns-into-covid-19-warrior/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:40:47 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315868 Itanagar, June 5 (IANS): When frontline workers across India and the rest of the world are in an all out war against Covid-19, a government school teacher in Arunachal Pradesh has been voluntarily rendering service to the villagers to curb the spread of the pandemic. John Panyang, a secondary school teacher at Ruksin in East Siang district (in eastern Arunachal Pradesh), has recently set up a temporary “Screening Centre” at the entry point of Ngorlung-Ralung village near the Assam-Arunachal boundary where he is screening the villagers and people returned from outside the state. “Panyang has erected the makeshift screening centre in a hut using transparent polythene and bamboo. He is equipped with an infrared thermal scanner machine, face mask, hand gloves and alcoholic sanitizer,” a senior health department official told IANS over the phone from Itanagar. “The teacher on his own purchased the thermal scanner machines, face mask, hand gloves and alcoholic sanitizer to render the voluntary service. He informed us that he got the basic training about the screening method from government doctors, who are also encouraging the initiative,” the official said, refusing to be identified. While talking to IANS over phone, Panyang said that if anyone is found...

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Itanagar, June 5 (IANS): When frontline workers across India and the rest of the world are in an all out war against Covid-19, a government school teacher in Arunachal Pradesh has been voluntarily rendering service to the villagers to curb the spread of the pandemic.

John Panyang, a secondary school teacher at Ruksin in East Siang district (in eastern Arunachal Pradesh), has recently set up a temporary “Screening Centre” at the entry point of Ngorlung-Ralung village near the Assam-Arunachal boundary where he is screening the villagers and people returned from outside the state.

“Panyang has erected the makeshift screening centre in a hut using transparent polythene and bamboo. He is equipped with an infrared thermal scanner machine, face mask, hand gloves and alcoholic sanitizer,” a senior health department official told IANS over the phone from Itanagar.

“The teacher on his own purchased the thermal scanner machines, face mask, hand gloves and alcoholic sanitizer to render the voluntary service. He informed us that he got the basic training about the screening method from government doctors, who are also encouraging the initiative,” the official said, refusing to be identified.

While talking to IANS over phone, Panyang said that if anyone is found with high body temperature, the person is requested to go to the Ruksin Community Health Centre (first referral health unit) for necessary medical support. “Since I started the screening of villagers on Monday, I have screened 300 people with three of them found with fever.”

However, all the three people later tested negative for Covid-19, he said adding that he observed that the inter-state boundary area is highly vulnerable to viral infection with wage earners and office goers crowding the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh area.

“Besides the villagers, I have screened people who came from outside the state. Villagers and my friends are also helping me to do the job. Local people of nearby Debing village had constructed ten quarantine huts to facilitate home stay for those people who have been discharged from the government run quarantine centres, he added.”

East Siang district Deputy Commissioner Kinny Singh appreciated Panyang’s voluntary service to the villagers. “I would talk to the gentleman and would try to help his initiative. As the schools are now shut due to Covid-19 related restrictions, the teacher without sitting idle is performing a noble task in this hour of pandemic,” she told IANS by phone from the district headquarters Pasighat.

Singh, herself an alternative medicine doctor turned IAS officer, said that the people of the mountainous state are very conscious about the dreaded virus nCoV.

Arunachal Pradesh, which shares a 1,080 km border with China in the north and northeast and 440 km frontiers with Myanmar to the east, has so far found 42 positive cases with 41 active cases. A 31-year-old man recovered from the disease and was discharged from the hospital on April 24. The Arunachal man from Medo village had attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi.

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World Environment Day observed in Manipur https://easternmirrornagaland.com/world-environment-day-observed-in-manipur-2/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:32:15 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315835 Our Correspondent Imphal, June 5 (EMN): The World Environment Day was observed across the state on Friday by carrying out tree plantation drive. Chief Minister N Biren Singh led ministers and officers participated in tree plantation drive, organised by the directorate of Environment, government of Manipur at Samadhi of Maharaj Gambhir Singh, Bir Tikendrajit Park and Rani Gaidinliu Park in Imphal. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that natural disasters, global warming, and climate change are the consequences to the destruction of nature. Stating the importance of preserving forest and wildlife, Singh stated that ‘we must take necessary measures to save earth’. He said that the government has initiated Green Manipur Mission so as to conserve and preserve the forest of the state. Mass plantation drives are being taken up in various parts of the state, he added. He appealed to the people of the state to accomplish the mission. On the Covid-19 pandemic, Singh cautioned the people that the disease could spread anywhere and infect anyone if one do not take precautionary measures and obey the advisories, guidelines and protocols issued by the WHO, Health ministry and medical experts. Stating that more than 35,000 natives have returned...

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Imphal, June 5 (EMN): The World Environment Day was observed across the state on Friday by carrying out tree plantation drive.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh led ministers and officers participated in tree plantation drive, organised by the directorate of Environment, government of Manipur at Samadhi of Maharaj Gambhir Singh, Bir Tikendrajit Park and Rani Gaidinliu Park in Imphal.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that natural disasters, global warming, and climate change are the consequences to the destruction of nature.

Stating the importance of preserving forest and wildlife, Singh stated that ‘we must take necessary measures to save earth’. He said that the government has initiated Green Manipur Mission so as to conserve and preserve the forest of the state.

Mass plantation drives are being taken up in various parts of the state, he added. He appealed to the people of the state to accomplish the mission.

On the Covid-19 pandemic, Singh cautioned the people that the disease could spread anywhere and infect anyone if one do not take precautionary measures and obey the advisories, guidelines and protocols issued by the WHO, Health ministry and medical experts.

Stating that more than 35,000 natives have returned to the state from different parts of the country, Singh said the state government has been taken up all precautionary and preventive measures to control the spread of Covid-19.

He appreciated the efforts of frontline workers, CSOs, volunteers in the fight against Covid-19.

Minister for Forest and Environment, Awangbow Newmai, minister for CAD&PD Karam Shyam, Deputy Speaker K Robindro, chairman of LDA L Susindro, chairman of Manipur Building and Construction Workers’ Welfare Board H Dingo, advisor to CM K Leishiyo, MLA of Yaiskul AC, Th Satyabrata Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Forest) MH Khan and others attended the function.

Forest department along with Tamenglong Rainforest Club, 44 Assam Rifles, Police, and district council participated in the tree plantation drive at Gaidai Hill range of the district.

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World Environment Day: Celebrating Nagaland’s precious biodiversity https://easternmirrornagaland.com/world-environment-day-celebrating-nagalands-precious-biodiversity/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:30:33 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315850 Our Reporter Dimapur, June 5 (EMN): Marking World Environment Day, societies, institutions, organisations and government departments from across Nagaland observed the occasion on June 5 by taking up various activities like tree plantation and awareness programmes, in an attempt to conserve biodiversity which has become an existential concern. The department of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, government of Nagaland, celebrated World Environment Day 2020 on the theme “Celebrate Biodiversity” via a video conference, which was attended by minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Law & Justice CM Chang and officers from the department. Chang stated that the theme for this year is very appropriate and relevant in the state’s context as Nagaland has very rich biodiversity and is part of the Indo-Burma biological hotspot, according to an update received here. He added “that while God has blessed the state with rich biodiversity, pressure from human activities and increasing population is making the whole environment unsustainable and said that environmental damage should be minimised and mitigated with sensitisation, enforcement and restoration”.  The minister said that many species are becoming extinct due to pollution caused by anthropogenic activities and global climate change; that excessive interference in the surrounding ecosystems is...

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A child, student of DMI St. Joseph Global School, is seen planting a tree sapling during the occasion of World Environment Day. An update from the institute informed that the occasion was marked with planting of saplings by children in their kitchen gardens, farm and in front of their homes.

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Dimapur, June 5 (EMN): Marking World Environment Day, societies, institutions, organisations and government departments from across Nagaland observed the occasion on June 5 by taking up various activities like tree plantation and awareness programmes, in an attempt to conserve biodiversity which has become an existential concern.

The department of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, government of Nagaland, celebrated World Environment Day 2020 on the theme “Celebrate Biodiversity” via a video conference, which was attended by minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Law & Justice CM Chang and officers from the department.

Chang stated that the theme for this year is very appropriate and relevant in the state’s context as Nagaland has very rich biodiversity and is part of the Indo-Burma biological hotspot, according to an update received here. He added “that while God has blessed the state with rich biodiversity, pressure from human activities and increasing population is making the whole environment unsustainable and said that environmental damage should be minimised and mitigated with sensitisation, enforcement and restoration”. 

The minister said that many species are becoming extinct due to pollution caused by anthropogenic activities and global climate change; that excessive interference in the surrounding ecosystems is affecting health and leave lasting negative effects on human future, causing various illnesses including the current Covid-19 pandemic.

In this context, the minister stated that projects such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted Nagaland Forest Management Project and the Community Conservation project of KfW, will go a long way in restoring the biodiversity of the state and stressed on the participation of common villagers – the real custodians of the richest biodiversity areas.

He concluded by encouraging everyone to plant as many trees as possible and to plant at least one tree in all special occasions. He also distributed two wheelers to Field Management Unit under Kohima District and Project Management Unit of NFMP besides flagging off the transportation of seedlings to be presented to the chief minister, cabinet ministers and advisors.

Divisional forest officers from various districts also briefed the activities undertaken in their respective regions, during the occasion.

Dimapur: Truckload of difference

The Ruzaphema Community Conserved Area (CCA) Dimapur under Nagaland Community Conservation Area Forum (NCCAF) in collaboration with Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Development (NEPED) observed the day with a difference by donating a truckload of wild vegetables to the office of the deputy commissioner, Dimapur. The occasion was celebrated with the “Time for Nature” at the NEPED office, Dimapur, on June 5.

Around 3000 bundles of wild vegetables “mostly collected by the village womenfolk” of Ruzaphema village was donated the Dimapur district administration.

On the occasion, Additional Deputy Commissioner V Lovitoly Sema acknowledged the Ruzaphema CCA and NEPED team for the gesture, saying that the state government could not organise any event to celebrate the event due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. While thanking Ruzaphema CCA for the support, she said the government, organisations and individuals are all playing their part to tackle the current situation.

Sema urged the people to be involved in cultivation and return to agriculture practise as they used to do before for self reliance, so that they would stop depending on other states. She asserted that CCA would help in the long run and encouraged the Ruzaphema village to continue to preserve the environment for the betterment of all.

She added that the donated the fresh vegetables would be distributed to the caterers for the quarantine centres.

While speaking on the occasion, Chairman of Ruzaphema CCA Adi Sesa informed that the village decided to contribute something during these difficult times by collecting wild vegetables.

Kohima: Wild blessing

The art work by Leemei Sophia of BA 6th semester that won the painting competition organised by Model Christian College, Kohima as part of World Environment Day celebration on June 5.

Coinciding with the World Environment Day, the Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Develop (NEPED) Kohima, in collaboration with the Nagaland Community Conservation Area Forum (NCCAF) donated wild vegetables to the Kohima District Administration on June 5. This was informed by DIPR in an update on Friday.

The team leader of NEPED and commissioner & secretary, K Libanthung Lotha, said that the donation was to showcase the important role played by the community having the Community Conservation Areas (CCAs) across Nagaland. 

Focusing on the role played by nature in providing essential infrastructure that supports life on earth and human development, Lotha said: “Despite all benefits that our nature gives us, we still mistreat and misuse it too. That is why we need to observed it in a befitting manner to create awareness among all of us.”

“When we destroy biodiversity, we destroy the system that supports human life,” he said, adding that the CCA across Nagaland cannot be underscored of the important role that the communities had played and the hardships and also the difficulties that they face, not only from outside, but even from within.

“We are intimately interconnected with nature. If we do not take care of nature, for all the bountiful that it provides, we cannot and will not be able to take care of our mother Earth,” he added.

Mokokchung: Tree adoption

The Mokokchung Forest department celebrated World Environment Day on June 5 on the “Restoring forest, conservation and livelihood” with an initiative to “Adopt a tree”, at the district Forest office premises.

Deputy Commissioner of Mokokchung, Limawabang Jamir told the gathering that “we need individual and community participation to conserve our environment in a way to create an equilibrium which will enable nature to restore back the human exploitations on environment”.

Lauding the initiative “To adopt a tree” taken up by the Forest department, he said the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago and the second best time is today. Let us, therefore, pledge ourselves to contribute to nature in our own small ways, he urged.

Superintendent of Police Mokokchung Vishal and Chairman Marepkong ward also spoke on the occasion and stressed on the need to conserve environment in the event.

The Forest department distributed plant saplings to all the Heads of Offices (HoDs) under Mokokchung district, to be planted and adopted by the HoDs.

Wokha: Everybody’s responsibility

Wokha celebrated World Environment day at DC’s Public Park on Friday and it was organised by Wokha Forest Division and Doyang Plantation Division, according to an update from DIPR.

Deputy Commissioner of Wokha Orenthung Lotha, while speaking on the occasion, said it is very encouraging to see young people taking active part during such events and urged them to be the agents of change in spreading awareness about the need to preserve and conserve environment.

He added that “it is not only the domain of the Forest department alone in preserving our forest but it is the responsibility of everyone” and called for community participation in preserving the forest. Stating that even animals are coming closer to human habitation due to the depletion of environment, he stated that “it is time for us to give utmost care in preserving our environment for the betterment of our future generation”.

Superintended of Police, Wokha, Imtitoshi said Nagaland forest is very rich with so many varieties of plants and vegetation which are not found in other parts of the country, but lamented that such plants are disappearing rapidly due to deforestation.

The function ended with planting of trees at the DC’s public park.

Kiphire: Vanishing beauty

Kiphire Town Council (KTC) along with various NGOs and ward chairman in collaboration with the district administration celebrated World Environment Day at Deluxe Point Kiphire on Friday, informed an update from DIPR.

Deputy Commissioner of Kiphire Sarita Yadav said during the occasion that Nagaland is gifted with so many things like beautiful landscape, water, river, forest etc. “but we are destroying all the beauty of the nature by cutting down more and more trees and plants which leads to landslide and soil erosion”.

Stating that “we never know what is going to happen in days to come”, she urged the leaders to plant more trees for the next generation. She also mentioned that ‘the locust attacks across Africa and India and the coronavirus pandemic, all these calamities are a reminder that human health is linked to the planet’s health’.

Trees were also planted along the road side within the town of Kiphire during the occasion.

Zunheboto: Plantation time

Zunheboto marked World Environment Day by taking up tree plantation drive in respective offices, colonies and churches etc. on Friday, according to an update from DIPR.

Chaired by EAC Satakha, Saku Chang, the occasion was celebrated at Satakha with TL Kiusumong Tikhir, ADC, delivering the keynote address. Heads of Offices, GBs and other stakeholders also attended the programme.

Longleng: Green Mission

Amid battle against the Covid-19, the Phom Baptist Christian Association (PBCA), Longleng, observed the occasion by taking up its annual activity — Green Mission Day – wherein the PBCA volunteers and various organisations undertake “massive plantation drive in the district”.

In his message to the people, the executive secretary of PBCA, Tialemba Phom, called upon all the responsible citizens to protect, safe and care for mother nature and the environment from destruction. He lauded the DFO Longleng Biezo Soukhrie and his staff for providing saplings towards PBCA’s Green Mission initiative. Mahila Shakti Kendra (MSK), Longleng along with district administration and district task force BBBP also initiated a mission called “Tree For Daughters ” to mark World Environment Day.

Under this mission, the MSK will plant trees every month in every ward of Longleng town to celebrate the birth of girl child starting from June 5, informed an update from DIPR.

District Administration Longleng led by Deputy Commissioner and Buranamsang Students’ Union in collaboration with Namsang EAC circle under Tamlu sub-division also observed the occasion by planting trees. The District Executive Force (DEF) Longleng and Yingli College also observed the day planting trees.

Noklak: Biodiversity march

The 45 Assam Rifles, Noklak A Coy organised World Environment Day at Noklak town on the theme ‘Conserve Biodiversity’, informed an update from DIPR.

Stating that the region has rich biodiversity, Major Anuj Mahant urged the people to continue conserving the biodiversity and plant trees. He also lauded Khiamniungan Menyiu Hoikam (KMH), Adora Children home and all the well-wishers for participating and making the event a remarkable and successful one.

It was informed that tree plantation drive was carried out with some participants while maintaining social distancing in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mahant also gave away gifts to all the participants from Adora Children home during the programme held at Assam Rifles camp Noklak.

Earlier in the day, the participants took a march in the main town with banners to create awareness on Environment Day. More than hundred saplings of pines and other ornamental trees were planted in the main town and Assam Rifles camp area, the update stated.

Tuensang: Essaying nature

District Administration of Tuensang and Mahila Shakti Kendra, District Level Centre for Women commemorated World Environment Day by conducting online essay writing competition under the aegis of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.

An update informed that essay writing competition was conducted in all quarantine centres under Tuensang district on the topic: “Importance of Biodiversity Conservation”. It went on to inform that a district-level essay competition was also held for class 9 and 10 students on the topic “Time for Nature”.

The best three entries were awarded along with five consolation prizes for competition in both categories, it added.

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Kohima’s Bethel Kitchen: No easy task feeding 1500 mouths daily https://easternmirrornagaland.com/kohimas-bethel-kitchen-no-easy-task-feeding-1500-mouths-daily/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:25:00 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315808 Our CorrespondentKohima, June 5 (EMN): Volunteers and workers inside the ‘Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen’, arranged by the district task force (DTF) and supported by Kohima Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship (KBPF), have been preparing food since June 3 for all the people who are undergoing facility quarantine in the state capital. Speaking to Eastern Mirror, Limanenla, ADC at the Commissioner’s office in Kohima, who is also the convenor of Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen, said that the idea of starting the kitchen emerged after caterers for the centres became reluctant to work due to the increasing number of returnees. “We were utilising five caterers, out of that three pulled out in the middle, which led us to come up with this idea. We could not start this kitchen, had we not got the support of the KBPF; they assured us to support and manpower, so this had emboldened us to start the kitchen,” she shared. The official informed that Bethel Kitchen is feeding about 1500 persons, including the health workers, sanitary workers, and volunteers besides the inmates in four quarantine centres, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. She said that the inmates alone are around 900 persons, to whom breakfast is served at 6.30 am with...

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Kohima’s Bethel Kitchen
Volunteers working inside the ‘Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen’ in Kohima. (EM Images)

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Kohima, June 5 (EMN):
Volunteers and workers inside the ‘Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen’, arranged by the district task force (DTF) and supported by Kohima Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship (KBPF), have been preparing food since June 3 for all the people who are undergoing facility quarantine in the state capital.

Speaking to Eastern Mirror, Limanenla, ADC at the Commissioner’s office in Kohima, who is also the convenor of Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen, said that the idea of starting the kitchen emerged after caterers for the centres became reluctant to work due to the increasing number of returnees.

“We were utilising five caterers, out of that three pulled out in the middle, which led us to come up with this idea. We could not start this kitchen, had we not got the support of the KBPF; they assured us to support and manpower, so this had emboldened us to start the kitchen,” she shared.

The official informed that Bethel Kitchen is feeding about 1500 persons, including the health workers, sanitary workers, and volunteers besides the inmates in four quarantine centres, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

She said that the inmates alone are around 900 persons, to whom breakfast is served at 6.30 am with a variety of snacks along with tea. She said lunch is ‘usually a vegetarian menu and dinner is non-vegetarian’.

The official stated that many churches and organisations have come forward to provide dinner so “almost every dinner for the last few weeks were provided by churches and organisations; and apart from all these things, we have been receiving donations from individuals, churches and organisations”.

Highlighting how the people have been tirelessly working to provide their services, the officer said that the day for the workers at the kitchen starts at 4 am and ends only at 8 pm.

She informed that it takes around 45 minutes to deliver breakfast, lunch and dinner from the NBCC convention hall to the K Badze quarantine centre.

The poor road condition adds to their woes, she said. Every meal has to be packed and placed inside cartons, as the packages tend to break ‘because of the movement of the vehicle’, the official added.

She maintained that care is taken, from preparation to packaging, transportation and delivery, to ensure that the food reaches the inmates along with two litre of packaged drinking water to every inmate daily.

She also informed that those who need more water could also call the centre control room, adding that there is enough provision.

Meanwhile, the officer maintained that the most challenging aspect of the work was the distribution of food packages in the quarantine centre.

“It’s already a mini-village or a colony,” she said.

She stated that K Badze alone has 24 buildings out of which the inmates have occupied 22, while Meriema has 17 buildings and all of them are two-storied buildings.

“In most of the cases, the food has to be delivered to the doorstep; so to deliver food to 900 people takes around four hours and sometimes five hours with about 16 volunteers in each centre, excluding the medical workers,” said Limanenla.

She also added that “before delivering the food to the doorstep, the management announces on the PA system that food has been brought down, informing them to be ready”.

“But sometimes, they are sleeping, listening to music with earpieces, so they don’t know when the food is being given to them. So after two-three hours also, calls come to the control room that they have not received food despite announcement and time-table given to them,” she shared.

The official maintained that the food always reaches on time but delivering it takes time.

She felt that people must also learn to appreciate those who are working hard for the returnees, despite various challenges.

Meanwhile, the president of KBPF, Dr. Kevichalie Metha, informed that some churches had also sponsored dinner.

He maintained that in a day, one church is assigned to look after and provide support by preparing the meals, with the government agencies providing all the necessities to serve the meal prepared by the volunteers.

Metha informed that at the NBCC convention hall, around 100 people are working, while volunteers from churches constitute around 70-80 persons daily.

He maintained that the pastors’ fellowship is encouraging all the churches to take turns and expressed hope that all the Baptist churches will come forward.

“All the churches are giving their best and every church is giving their service for each day,” he said.

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NPP hits out at PDA government over handling of Covid-19 crisis https://easternmirrornagaland.com/npp-hits-out-at-pda-government-over-handling-of-covid-19-crisis/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:23:40 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315844 Dimapur, June 5 (EMN): The National People’s Party (NPP) on Friday criticised the state government’s handling of Covid-19 crisis, saying that it was not ‘well-prepared and very rash’ in bringing back the stranded people of Nagaland from various states without properly ascertaining the state’s preparedness in terms of healthcare resources, screening facilities, quarantine centres, and fully functional BSL-3 and BSL-2 labs. In a representation addressed to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the NPP president, Dr. Andrew Ahoto Sema and general secretary, Limanuksung Longkumer, stated that lack of command and competency of the government was evident in bringing back the stranded people without a concrete plan of action before their arrival. The BSL-3 lab at Kohima was only ready after the returnees started arriving, it added. “Why did the government not sanction enough funds (not only INR 10,000) for those people stranded outside the state, which could have at least given some respite to those people till the state was well-equipped to bring them back? Here we are really appreciative of those people who had decided to stay back out of their own free will and we feel that the government should adequately help them and not neglect them. What would have...

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Dimapur, June 5 (EMN): The National People’s Party (NPP) on Friday criticised the state government’s handling of Covid-19 crisis, saying that it was not ‘well-prepared and very rash’ in bringing back the stranded people of Nagaland from various states without properly ascertaining the state’s preparedness in terms of healthcare resources, screening facilities, quarantine centres, and fully functional BSL-3 and BSL-2 labs.

In a representation addressed to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, the NPP president, Dr. Andrew Ahoto Sema and general secretary, Limanuksung Longkumer, stated that lack of command and competency of the government was evident in bringing back the stranded people without a concrete plan of action before their arrival. The BSL-3 lab at Kohima was only ready after the returnees started arriving, it added.

“Why did the government not sanction enough funds (not only INR 10,000) for those people stranded outside the state, which could have at least given some respite to those people till the state was well-equipped to bring them back? Here we are really appreciative of those people who had decided to stay back out of their own free will and we feel that the government should adequately help them and not neglect them. What would have happened if various concerned institutions and organisations had not come forward to aid and rescue the government?” it read.

On Covid-19 funds, the NPP claimed that the government is not being transparent in the utilisation of the funds and instead has provided exaggerated amounts in the public portals.

Despite receiving huge amount of funds from the Central government, it alleged that the state government is still seeking for more assistance, even to the extent of praying for donations to the Chief Minister Care Fund.

The NPP also stated that numerous viral videos doing the rounds on social media platforms about the atrocities meted out to fellow citizens in Bihar speaks volumes about the government’s failure in providing basic care and protection to our people.

Even after the returnees arrived in their homeland, it said, there was no respite to their agonies and pointed out the instances, ‘where they were kept waiting for hours in the name of screening without any food or water.’

It stated that most of the quarantine centres do not even have basic facilities available and there are reports that some quarantine centres do not even have separate toilets.

“To top it all, you succumbed to the pressures of few organisations and decided to send the returnees to their own respective districts,” it read.

Accusing the government in sending the returnees to Tuensang without waiting for the test results and the manner in which a returnee who was tested positive was sent along with other normal returnees to Jalukie, the party said it was ‘gross miscalculations’ on the government’s part.

As far as proper execution of the SOP guidelines is concerned, it said the lower level officials and staff can only be guided in such a situation when the higher ups and senior officials use their wisdom and competency levels. “How can there be accountability and commitment when there are frequent transfers and postings of the top level officials of the Covid-19 committees who are not given adequate opportunities to settle down and understand the logistics,” it added.

The government is giving priority in terms of testing only the returnees from the red zones but are least bothered about those who have come from the other zones which is again a gross miscalculation on the part of the government, it said.

“Despite several requests and suggestions, why did the government take the decision of sending the returnees to other districts?,” it added.

Stating that in just few days the total number of positive cases in the state has reached an alarming number of 94, the NPP said that at this rate there is a huge probability that the number of positive cases may shoot up to more than 500 in the upcoming weeks.

Claiming that there is a backlog of around 1000 quarantined people who have not been screened or tested till now, the NPP demanded a logical explanation from the chief minister as to why such a negligent approach is being taken by the government towards the returnees and why there is no follow up being done with regard to their health and welfare especially when “you have already professed that everything is under control,” it said.

It also questioned the efficacy of the government in sending the test samples to Dibrugarh, Assam citing reason that the testing facility at Kohima has been over loaded.

Stating that there is a high probability that the samples might get destroyed during transit or even may not be properly tested, it said the government would answerable if any anomaly takes place.

It advised that the government can mull upon using the TrueNat Beta-Cov testing kits as an alternative before more labs are made functional. “Though, the TrueNat Beta-Cov is not highly dependable, they can at least provide some conclusive report based on which the tests may further be validated through the BSL-3 or BSL-2 labs,” it added.

On setting up a BSL-2 lab in Tuensang, the NPP said the government has made an ‘unrealistic promise,’ while pointing out that the BSL-2 lab at CIHSR is not functional till date. It urged the chief minister to make the right calculations before making any ‘lofty promises.’

It also stated that there is lack of concern for the frontline workers who have not been provided with proper facilities, which will invite many medical staff to leave their job due to safety concerns.

To add to the apathy of the medical fraternity, it said the government has placed the ‘ball of deciding the fate of the quarantined people in the court of the poor doctors who are already over-worked and overloaded.’

“There are reports that after the mandatory institutional quarantine of 14 days, the doctors are being directed by the government to issue certificates to the quarantinees without even conducting the swab tests on them. In this context if any quarantinees is released without any tests and later found positive, who will take the blame? Here, the government has shrewdly passed the buck to the doctors for not taking the blame on themselves,” it stated.

Stating that chief medical officers of all districts are not only handling the Covid-19 hospitals but also quarantine centres with limited number of manpower, which is adding to the work load of the medical staff, the NPP demanded the state government to immediately depute adequate number of doctors and nurses in all the districts.

It went on to state that at present, there are no adequate back up of doctors and paramedics, particularly in Dimapur, due to which they are not only overloaded but also there are risks of them being infected with the virus, it said.

The NPP also stated that government has also not taken up any step in hiring experts from outside to take expert advice on how to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. “The other face of the immaturity of the government is the total disregard and negative reaction to numerous criticisms that it has been receiving lately. As a populist and democratic government, your role should have been more people oriented but sadly, you have started being more autocratic and insensitive when people have started criticizing the government with the well-being of the public in mind. We request you to give a patient hearing and act positively to the constructive criticisms instead of tarnishing their images and victimizing them by using undue power,” it read.

“The NPP feels that your government has enough avenues to resort to but sadly enough, you have chosen politics and self-gain over reasoning and humanity. And therefore we demand legitimate answers from your government regarding all the above and we need them immediately as we have to be assured that we are in safe and worthy hands at this crucial juncture. If you cannot prove your worth of being a competent leader during this crisis you have totally failed us and as such as we humbly request you to step down and pave a way forward for a people-centric government and leadership so that the public don’t have to suffer any longer,” the statement added.

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Food items pour in for Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen https://easternmirrornagaland.com/food-items-pour-in-for-covid-19-bethel-kitchen/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:13:46 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315828 Our CorrespondentKohima, June 5 (EMN): Help has poured in for returnees staying in quarantine centres in Kohima, with villagers and philanthropists donating food items, including vegetables, fish, fruits, bread and others. The people of Lakhuti village under Wokha district donated fresh fish and wild organic vegetable and other food items to the quarantine centres in Kohima on Thursday evening. A team comprising of Lakhuti village chairman, Mhonthung Yanthan, a VDB member, a veterinary officer, four GBs, and four drivers travelled about 128 km to drop the delicacies contributed by the villagers for the inmates at Kohima. Speaking to Eastern Mirror, Yanthan said that they collected the items from the villagers and loaded it in two pick-up trucks before dispatching it to Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen of the district task force Kohima, at NBCC convention centre. He shared that it was impossible to reach out to all centres located at different districts. However, they had decided to “share their blessings to Kohima, since it is the capital of Nagaland,” the chairman said after returning to Lakhuti on Friday. The farmers collected the organic vegetables while fish was caught in the rivers at Lakhuti. On Friday, another Bolero truck containing different varieties of...

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Food items being delivered to the Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen in Kohima.

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Kohima, June 5 (EMN):
Help has poured in for returnees staying in quarantine centres in Kohima, with villagers and philanthropists donating food items, including vegetables, fish, fruits, bread and others.

The people of Lakhuti village under Wokha district donated fresh fish and wild organic vegetable and other food items to the quarantine centres in Kohima on Thursday evening.

A team comprising of Lakhuti village chairman, Mhonthung Yanthan, a VDB member, a veterinary officer, four GBs, and four drivers travelled about 128 km to drop the delicacies contributed by the villagers for the inmates at Kohima.

Speaking to Eastern Mirror, Yanthan said that they collected the items from the villagers and loaded it in two pick-up trucks before dispatching it to Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen of the district task force Kohima, at NBCC convention centre.

He shared that it was impossible to reach out to all centres located at different districts. However, they had decided to “share their blessings to Kohima, since it is the capital of Nagaland,” the chairman said after returning to Lakhuti on Friday.

The farmers collected the organic vegetables while fish was caught in the rivers at Lakhuti.

On Friday, another Bolero truck containing different varieties of vegetables and fruits, including bananas reached Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen from Dzülhamu village of Phek district. On Wednesday, Plaza Bakery in Kohima brought bread to the kitchen in a pick-up truck to provide breakfast to the inmates in Kohima for a week.

It was informed that on reaching the kitchen, Limanenla, additional deputy commissioner of Commissioner’s office, who is also the convenor of Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen, received the food items coming from different locations in Kohima.

Akhrie Mor, a member of Covid-19 Bethel Kitchen, said that they were happy and overwhelmed by the generous contributions coming from various quarters.

“We are very happy that people are coming forward to help us, and understanding the difficulties of the government in feeding so many returnees,” she said.

Huge amount of money is being spent daily to cater to the needs of the inmates at the quarantine centers but because of the “generous contributions” received from various quarters, “expenditure has been minimised to a great extent,” she stated.

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Sukhalu suggests skill development training at quarantine centres https://easternmirrornagaland.com/sukhalu-suggests-skill-development-training-at-quarantine-centres/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:09:24 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315833 Dimapur, June 5 (EMN): Advisor to School Education, K T Sukhalu, during the review meeting in Zunheboto, suggested that some skill development training be given to the people undergoing quarantine to keep them engage as well as learn something. The advisor held a meeting with Zunheboto district task force, district administration, police, and medical department over the preparedness strategy on June 4 at the Deputy Commissioner’s conference hall, informed a DIPR upadte. The legislator was apprised on the status of quarantine centres and the district as a whole. He thanked Kaito Aye, minister for Agriculture and Cooperation and Khehovi Yepthomi, advisor to Tourism and Art and Culture, for taking care of the arrangements in the district. On the government’s decision to bring back the returnees from their respective locations, he said that the government took a conscious decision, as many were facing hardships. To contain the Covid-19 pandemic, he said it is the responsibility of every individual, as government cannot do it alone without people’s support. Stating that administrative officers and frontline workers are working round the clock, he called upon all to support frontline workers. He also asked the members present to sensitise the people about the real issues...

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K T Sukhalu chairs the review meeting at DC’s conference hall in Zunheboto on June 4.

Dimapur, June 5 (EMN): Advisor to School Education, K T Sukhalu, during the review meeting in Zunheboto, suggested that some skill development training be given to the people undergoing quarantine to keep them engage as well as learn something.

The advisor held a meeting with Zunheboto district task force, district administration, police, and medical department over the preparedness strategy on June 4 at the Deputy Commissioner’s conference hall, informed a DIPR upadte.

The legislator was apprised on the status of quarantine centres and the district as a whole. He thanked Kaito Aye, minister for Agriculture and Cooperation and Khehovi Yepthomi, advisor to Tourism and Art and Culture, for taking care of the arrangements in the district.

On the government’s decision to bring back the returnees from their respective locations, he said that the government took a conscious decision, as many were facing hardships.

To contain the Covid-19 pandemic, he said it is the responsibility of every individual, as government cannot do it alone without people’s support.

Stating that administrative officers and frontline workers are working round the clock, he called upon all to support frontline workers.

He also asked the members present to sensitise the people about the real issues so that responsibilities are shared.

The advisor further asked that the police force to be extra vigilant in the quarantine centres so as to prevent any case of runaway from the centre.

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Indian stock market rises, led by banking, finance stocks https://easternmirrornagaland.com/indian-stock-market-rises-led-by-banking-finance-stocks/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:41:25 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315827 Mumbai, June 5 (IANS): The Indian equity indices returned to green on Friday, with the BSE Sensex rising over 300 points led by healthy buying in the banking and finance stocks. The S&P BSE Banking index rose by 2.73 per cent and the Finance index settled 2.35 per cent higher. Gains in the global markets also reflected in the domestic stock market, analysts said. Siddhartha Khemka, Head of Retail Research at Motilal Oswal Financial Services, said: “Indian equities followed positive global cues, which were driven by ECB’s additional stimulus boost. Investors are pricing in a global economic recovery, supported by Central Banks’ policy measures across geographies.” According to Rahul Sharma, Head of Research at Equity99 Advisors, bargain hunting continued in select index-heavy stocks and mid-cap stocks as the government has announced its plans to gradually lift the lockdown across the country in a phased manner thereby putting a gradual end to economic uncertainty. “With no major negative news expected in the near future and no major events, Foreign Portfolio Investors have turned positive on the domestic markets adding to the overall sentiments,” he said. Sensex closed at 34,287.24, higher by 306.54 points or 0.90 per cent from the previous close of...

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Mumbai, June 5 (IANS): The Indian equity indices returned to green on Friday, with the BSE Sensex rising over 300 points led by healthy buying in the banking and finance stocks.

The S&P BSE Banking index rose by 2.73 per cent and the Finance index settled 2.35 per cent higher.

Gains in the global markets also reflected in the domestic stock market, analysts said.

Siddhartha Khemka, Head of Retail Research at Motilal Oswal Financial Services, said: “Indian equities followed positive global cues, which were driven by ECB’s additional stimulus boost. Investors are pricing in a global economic recovery, supported by Central Banks’ policy measures across geographies.”

According to Rahul Sharma, Head of Research at Equity99 Advisors, bargain hunting continued in select index-heavy stocks and mid-cap stocks as the government has announced its plans to gradually lift the lockdown across the country in a phased manner thereby putting a gradual end to economic uncertainty.

“With no major negative news expected in the near future and no major events, Foreign Portfolio Investors have turned positive on the domestic markets adding to the overall sentiments,” he said.

Sensex closed at 34,287.24, higher by 306.54 points or 0.90 per cent from the previous close of 33,980.70.

It had opened at 34,198.55 and touched an intra-day high of 34,405.43 and a low of 33,958.02 points.

The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange ended at 10,142.15, higher by 113.05 points or 1.13 per cent from the previous close.

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More than 4000 migrants screened in Kohima https://easternmirrornagaland.com/more-than-4000-migrants-screened-in-kohima/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:39:53 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315819 Our CorrespondentKohima, June 5 (EMN): More than 3000 inter-state travellers and over 1000 inter-district travellers have been screened till June 5 at the Kohima local ground. Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) of Kohima, Kevingoto Kulnu, informed that an average of 50-60 persons, mostly from Assam and Bihar, are screened every day. He also shared that a handful of inter-district travellers still come for screening and get certificates as some villages or colonies ask them to produce it. He said that the inter-state travellers have their own train and flight tickets; they are screened and given permit to travel till Dimapur railway station. He stated that 99% of travellers have their own transportation. The administration arranges vehicles for the remaining travellers, he said. Kulnu informed that on June 8, around 45 persons from Kohima district will be sent to Uttar Pradesh, and the transportation will be arranged by the administration. He said that it is an arrangement made between the respective governments as some Nagas will be returning by bus from UP. “We are doing our best to help in whatever we can,” he added. Distribution of relief packages to stranded labourers, migrant workers and daily wage earners by the Kohima district...

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Kohima, June 5 (EMN):
More than 3000 inter-state travellers and over 1000 inter-district travellers have been screened till June 5 at the Kohima local ground.

Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) of Kohima, Kevingoto Kulnu, informed that an average of 50-60 persons, mostly from Assam and Bihar, are screened every day.

He also shared that a handful of inter-district travellers still come for screening and get certificates as some villages or colonies ask them to produce it.

He said that the inter-state travellers have their own train and flight tickets; they are screened and given permit to travel till Dimapur railway station. He stated that 99% of travellers have their own transportation.

The administration arranges vehicles for the remaining travellers, he said.

Kulnu informed that on June 8, around 45 persons from Kohima district will be sent to Uttar Pradesh, and the transportation will be arranged by the administration.

He said that it is an arrangement made between the respective governments as some Nagas will be returning by bus from UP.

“We are doing our best to help in whatever we can,” he added.

Distribution of relief packages to stranded labourers, migrant workers and daily wage earners by the Kohima district administration and district disaster management authority, Kohima, as per directive from the Centre and state government, is still going on at the local ground.

An official informed that over 3000 people from Kohima district have availed the relief packages so far. He said that almost all the colonies from Kohima town have been covered, except for two.

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Civil services preliminary exam on October 4 — UPSC https://easternmirrornagaland.com/civil-services-preliminary-exam-on-october-4-upsc/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:39:04 +0000 https://easternmirrornagaland.com/?p=315825 New Delhi, June 5 (PTI): The civil services preliminary examination 2020, postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held on October 4, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) announced on Friday. It said the personality test of the candidates selected through the last year’s civil services preliminary and main examinations will resume from July 20. This year’s preliminary test was originally scheduled to be held on May 31, but was deferred due to the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said the announcement of fresh date for the civil services preliminary exam would allay apprehensions in some quarters of it being cancelled. “It would also allay apprehension from the minds of some quarters who thought that they would become overage by the next year in case the exam was postponed. Candidates need not worry. The examination will be held as per the UPSC’s schedule,” he told PTI. The civil services examination is conducted annually in three stages prelims, main and interview — by the UPSC to select officers for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others. Lakhs of aspirants...

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New Delhi, June 5 (PTI): The civil services preliminary examination 2020, postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held on October 4, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) announced on Friday.

It said the personality test of the candidates selected through the last year’s civil services preliminary and main examinations will resume from July 20.

This year’s preliminary test was originally scheduled to be held on May 31, but was deferred due to the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said the announcement of fresh date for the civil services preliminary exam would allay apprehensions in some quarters of it being cancelled.

“It would also allay apprehension from the minds of some quarters who thought that they would become overage by the next year in case the exam was postponed. Candidates need not worry. The examination will be held as per the UPSC’s schedule,” he told PTI.

The civil services examination is conducted annually in three stages prelims, main and interview — by the UPSC to select officers for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

Lakhs of aspirants take the examination every year to be part of the country’s coveted civil services.

The decision on announcement of fresh date was taken in a meeting held by the Commission to review the prevailing situation due to Covid-19 lockdown.

“Taking note of the opening of lockdown and progressive relaxations being announced by the Central government and various states, the Commission decided to issue a revised schedule of examination/recruitment tests,” the UPSC said in a statement.

According to the revised calendar, the civil services preliminary examination 2020 will be held on October 4 (Sunday). The main examination 2020 will begin from January 8, 2021 (Friday) for five days, it said.

“The dates of notification, commencement and duration of examinations/recruitment tests are liable to alteration, if the circumstances so warrant,” the Commission said.

Personality tests for civil services (main) examination, 2019, for remaining candidates are being resumed from July 20, it said, adding “candidates will be informed individually.”

A common examination for both NDA& NA Exam (I) and NDA&NA Exam (II), 2020 will be held on September 6, 2020, the UPSC said.

The recruitment test for the posts of Enforcement Officer/Accounts Officer in the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO), earlier scheduled to be held on October 4, 2020, has been deferred, it said. “New date for conduct of this recruitment test will be published on the website of the Commission at the time of issue of calendar of examinations/recruitment tests for 2021,” the Commission added.

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