Editorial

Not the time to let the guard down The virus is still out there

The detection of new cases has definitely come down in the last couple of days, but this should not dull the senses of anyone into thinking that the virus has been checked. It is very much out there even today, infecting at will and as the National Health..

Drugs and manufacturing units within the State?

Any keen observer would see that reports of seizure of contraband drugs come from different parts of the State every alternate day, if not every day. We are not talking about seizure of drugs in grams or a couple of strips. What has been disturbing the pu..

Naga peace talks The end of RN Ravi’s saga

Naga peace talks The end of RN Ravi’s saga..

Transferred out of Nagaland Posers on the Interlocutor

This is getting interesting. The natural questions that will follow can also be interesting. RN Ravi has been removed or rather transferred from Nagaland to Tamil Nadu but holding the same position as Governor. Nothing out of routine here, for this is not..

The virus is still out there !Stick to the SOPs

The transmission chain is yet to be broken. The virus is just lying low and stretch this understanding a bit and it should be presumed that the there is every possibility of the virus returning in all its virulence and this is where the call for the New N..

Choosing candidate the first step Ahead of Assembly polls

As the party in power at New Delhi and Imphal as well, the BJP is the party to watch out for when Manipur goes to polls in the early part of next year. Nothing surprising for this has been the trend in Manipur for years and it is precisely because of this..

Questioning truce pacts with others Politics of peace

The politics of peace or the politics of political dialogue is certainly interesting and one has seen this from close quarters ever since the NSCN (IM) inked the ceasefire agreement with the Government of India on August 1, 1997. Thereafter began the roun..

TSE completes 22 years From 1999 to 2021

The Sangai Express has completed 22 years in circulation and it is with a certain sense of satisfaction that one can look back at the past two decades. And when one talks about a ‘sense of satisfaction’ it should be understood in the context o..

Taking a look at the issues in 2012, 2017 How about 2022 ?

The Congress back then took an open stand and this is the reason why its presence in the Naga dominated districts of Manipur gradually and quickly withered away, best demonstrated in the 2012 Assembly election. To get a better understanding of the stand o..

Rolling up sleeves ahead of Assembly polls Interesting days ahead

Not surprising that the big two, that is the BJP and the Congress, have started rolling up their sleeves for the next Assembly election which is due to be held some time in the early part of next year. Operations 2022 and it is along this line that former..

The commandments from WHO Stick to the dos and don’ts

Maintain social distancing-meaning stay at least 6 feet apart from the person next to you, avoid crowds, don’t go or do anything that brings you physically close to anyone, stop socialising; maintain physical hygiene-meaning wash one’s hand th..

Disturbing high TPR in some hill districts Contact tracing ? Containment ?

The daily addition of new  Covid cases has thankfully come down, but this is not the time to throw caution to the wind and forget that the call of the New Normal still remains relevant. More than anything else this is the time for the people and the ..

The debate over ST status for Meiteis Poser to ATSUM

Time for the State Government to take a non-nonsense stand and make it known that it is not a Government which is there to buckle under pressure of any sort. For this, obviously it has to first study any subject before it takes a stand, listen to differen..

Disturbing TPR in some districts Study containment claim

This is the reason why The Sangai Express had for long been stressing on the importance of letting the people know the number of tests conducted in each of the 16 districts in the State  rather than just be satisfied with giving the absolute number o..

Heavy rush for admission to Class XI Should have anticipated

The Board of Secondary Education, Manipur, the different school authorities, officials nominated by the Government to work out the modalities of grading the Class X students to be promoted to Class XI have done their job, but it is not clear whether the G..

Signing off August with lowest TPR The virus is still out there

Manipur signed off August, 2021 with a seemingly massive improvement when compared with the day it stepped into the  8th month of the year. On August 1, 2021, Manipur saw 832 new positive cases and 10 deaths with a daily positivity rate of 14.9 perce..

Party hopping antics before the election No question of principles

Political players. Mark them out from the politicians, the ones who are wedded to the ideology and beliefs of the party to which they belong to. And it is the antics of the political players that would be fun to watch, especially for those who are in the ..

What if the Centre looks the other way ? Why not make it a poll call

Not very sure if this question has been raised within, but it is important for the people to know-what if the Centre refuses to grant Scheduled Tribe status to the Meiteis as raised by the Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee, Manipur (STDCM). At the moment, ..

From ‘corona’ to rousing welcome Refreshing change

It is a refreshing change, but then no one knows for sure whether the change that one sees is superficial or runs deeper than what meets the eye. Part of the credit for this must surely go to the policy adopted by the Narendra Modi Government which has ma..

Low number of tests, low new cases Test, Trace, Treat

Low number of tests, low number of new cases detected. This has been the trend in Manipur for the last few days and since August 20 the number of tests conducted each day has always been below the 4000 mark and correspondingly the number of new cases dete..

Looking beyond the proposed ADC Bill The ‘greater’ demand

The great ADC Bill divide. It should be obvious to all those who have been reading between the lines and the BJP led Government at Imphal, which interestingly is in a coalition with Naga People’s Front, and the number of civil society organisations ..

Pointing fingers at some ‘hill leaders’Superficial reality

This is perhaps the first time that Chief Minister N Biren Singh has gone hammer and tongs against some who he dubbed as ‘hill leaders’ for trying to ‘disturb’ Manipur in full public view. That the ‘outburst’ of the Chi..

Keep the public informed on all countsCovid variants

The public needs to be informed. It cannot only be for academic interests. Hope the State Health Department and all the officials advising the Government in chalking out strategies and deciding how long people should be told to stay indoors get the point ..

Results of Class X, Class XII sans exams Voices of discontent

Something totally new and even unheard of and again something which no one had experienced earlier and this could be one important reason why voices of discontent have come forth from some students who have been assessed, given marks and declared pass by ..

Two medals from five participants Boosting the sports mvement

From five picked for the Indian contingent to represent the country at the Tokyo Olympics, 2020 to capping it off with the stupendous show of two returning with medals, Silver from S Mirabai Chanu in weightlifting to the Bronze from S Nilakanta Sharma in ..

Back to two figure daily TPR Blip on Covid radar

It was more of a blip on the Covid radar and Manipur is back again to reporting the daily positivity rate in double digit. On August 16, Manipur reported a daily positivity rate of 9.29 percent, the report for which was filed the following day on August 1..

Why is AFSPA still in force here ? Calling Modi and Shah Saab

The BJP Governmanet is expected to do better. It has done away with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and replaced the same with Dhyan Chand Kehl Ratna. No arguments here. Its objective is Nation First. Again no arguments here. But is the Armed Forces Spe..

Ahead of Assemly polls For whom the bells toll

In about 7 months Manipur will go to polls and it will decide whether the saffron party will return to power or not here. Given the way the BJP has swept to power all over, starting from the 2014 Parliamentary elections to the 2019 elections the party see..

Spell out number of tests in each district Test, trace, treat

The statistics is disturbing and there is no sign that the transmission chain has been broken. It is not only the statistics per se that is worrying and a cause of concern, but also the hugely fluctuating report from some of the hill districts. This is a ..

Corona, Corona all the way Prime news for over 1 year

Ever since the virus landed in Manipur, it has been the prime news in all the major newspapers published from Imphal and why not ? Even when the virus was at a lull, before the second wave descended on the people and the land, coronavirus continued to occ..

Don’t allot party’s ticket stand Interesting development

Nothing to do with the Congress but then again in a way much to do with the Congress. Internal affairs of the BJP, one may say but then again one cannot entirely write off the fact that the man central to the new interesting development is a man long syno..

Doing away with day curfew Positivity rate in hill dists

It is again back to the pandemic. The Government has slightly eased the restrictions, doing away with the day curfew and the night curfew coming into force from 6 pm which will be in force till 5 am the next day. Restrictions eased, but then normal day to..

Looking back with satisfaction Look forward to 2022

Manipur has every reason to look back with satisfaction at the just concluded Tokyo Olympics, 2020 and the statistics should say it all. With just about 30 lakh population in a Nation of 130 crore people, Manipur did well in having five of her sons and da..

Give more teeth to contact tracing Too many loose ends

Scale up vaccination, contact tracing and testing by providing additional manpower, mobility support and IEC Advocacy. This is the line assured by the State Home Department in its official notification issued on August 7 and while one hopes that such meas..

5 from Manipur in a squad of 127 Two out of five, so far

Giving a new meaning to the understanding of medal haul or podium finish at the biggest sporting bonanza in the world and Manipur has shown this to the rest of the country at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, 2020. Manipur’s presence on the sports map of ..

Govt need to look beyond curfew The upward curve

The figure is worrying, deeply worrying and it should be more than clear that lockdown or curfew or containment or whatever term one gives it is just not working. Remember since April 29, 2021, Manipur has been under one or the other form of restrictions ..

Extending curfew by another week Need to revisit HI model

A different approach has to be adopted. A hybrid approach if one may add. The extension of the total curfew by yet another week should be understood in the backdrop of the rising graph of positive cases and number of deaths daily. The daily positivity rat..

Rolling out red carpet for Mirabai Face mask, shield say it all

Ever since she lifted her way to the Silver at the ongoing Olympics at Tokyo, Saikhom Miranda Chanu has been more and more impressive. ‘Quite thoughtfully Miranda retained her face shield and mask, when she was escorted by security personnel and oth..

Is the total curfew working ?  Study the statistics

Not pressing the alarm button but it is more than clear that the 10 days total curfew imposed since July 18 has not worked. The statistics should tell its own story. From July 18, the day the total curfew came into force, till July 26, the  number of..

Putting India up there on the medal list  A Silver from Tokyo

It is Tokyo 2020, but in reality it is 2021 and Manipur certainly is keeping to the spirit of London 2012, the tale of which was scripted by the darling of the media and arguably one of the favourites of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, MC Mary Kom. 2020 or ..

Need to look beyond restrictions Virus still running riot

The virus is running riot, infecting at will and killing randomly. This is a fact that cannot be diluted in any manner. What makes things more disturbing is the fact that Manipur has been under curfew or restrictions since April 29 and this was further ti..

Out of power for nearly five years Cong in ‘disarray’

Out of power for nearly five years and suddenly the Congress looks like a deer caught the headlight of a heavy vehicle, not knowing which way to turn.  With tongues wagging and so many ‘unofficial’ talks doing the round, many read the res..

Is lockdown or curfew helping ?  Statistics say it all

The Government should accept this. Lockdown, total curfew, containment etc is not working. On the fourth day of the total curfew, Manipur reported 1327 new cases. The statistics say it all.  It is not working. Think outside the box is a line that The..

Another spell of party hopping ?  Rush for power

It is getting interesting though it comes nowhere near the understanding of governance or taking the people towards the path of progress or development. Rather the people would be subjected to such a position that they can only sit back and watch the shen..

Time for all to get vaccinated Get your shots !

Get your shots ! Get vaccinated ! Health Director Dr K Rajo has gone on record to say that it is 83.33 percent of those who have not got vaccinated make up for the death count. In other words this can be taken to mean that those who have received the shot..

Days of restrictions since Apr 29 Double whammy

A double whammy it is, but then extraordinary time calls for extraordinary measures and so even as Manipur has been under restrictions, coming under different names and terms, since April 29, the first day of the 10 days total curfew has just passed off. ..

Another spell of total curfew Show seriousness

Not the time to take things casually and this was first witnessed in the order issued by the State Government to enforce a 10 day total curfew in the face of the rising Covid infections and deaths. The media, both print and electronic, was nowhere mention..

Increasing number worryingUnderstand the reality

The number is frightening, but then statistics do not lie and the truth should be digested, however unpalatable it is. For two days on the trot, Manipur has logged more than one thousand new cases per day and this reflects how widespread the virus is toda..

Vaccination status of deceased More information needed

A point briefly touched upon in a previous comment in this column, but repeated again now. Time for the COVID-19 Common Control Room or the Health Department or the publicity machinery of the State Government to detail the vaccination status of the people..

Striking at will all over the place Give vaccination status

Striking at will all over the place Give vaccination status..

Finally an RCC bridge on NH-37 Second lifeline

Second lifeline of a State. This is what the Imphal-Jiribam route or National Highway-37 is to Manipur and it is with a feeling of mixed emotions that one welcomes Makru bridge. Happy that the 200 kilometre long National Highway has finally received a bri..

From containment to micro-containment The Delta variant

The crux of the matter is people should understand what is containment zone and what it implies. The Government too should understand what is contact tracing and what it implies. The department concerned should also understand the purpose of putting up th..

No sign of the curve flattening Get vaccinated !

The number is worrying. Deeply worrying. July alone, and the month is just beginning, has added 6242 to the tally of the total infected cases in Manipur and this is a pretty big number when seen against the tally of 76,032 the count for which started on M..

Disturbing rise of positive cases Ramp up contact tracing

Something, somewhere is terribly wrong if the daily count, both in terms of the absolute number as well as the positivity rate, is any indication. This despite the fact that curfew, containment, restrictions, whatever term one gives it, has been in force ..

Sending stock of BJP risingFourth from Manipur

The timing is perfect. With just one induction, the stock of the BJP has risen hundred fold and coming as it has just before the next Assembly elections in the early part of 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has delivered a near perfect ball to rattle th..

Ramp up contact tracing call Home isolation model

Ramp up contact tracing. Intensify monitoring of infected persons in home isolation. The common thread running through these two suggestions should be clear to all and that is, the State Government needs to do more in the face of the rapid spread of the v..

Ahead of the next Assembly pollsEyes on the big two

Fast forward to July in 2022 and Manipur will have a new Government and while it is still too early to say which party will romp home in the next Assembly elections scheduled in the early part of next year, what is clear is that the fight will primarily b..

Vaccination the only answerGrowing cases

Come out and get vaccinated. The situation is not a joke. The statistics should reflect the scary reality. Till date, that is till July 4, 2021, the number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus is 72,286. And there is no indication that t..

Mantra of Test, Trace, TreatOn contact tracing

Test, Trace, Treat. The three Ts advocated to take the fight to the virus and while the State Government has launched mass testing exercise at different localities as well as taken up numerous steps to more efficiently treat patients in the hospital, it i..

Need for all to be responsibleNot the time to relax

How responsible are we as a people to tackle the spread of the virus ? This is a question which everyone with any modicum of sense should be asking themselves. Get vaccinated is the call of the Government and it has even gone to the extent of hinting that..

Call for all to get vaccinatedNoting stand of Govt

The missing link. This is what is worrying. Even after more than 60 days of restrictions on people’s movement, containment, curfew or whatever term one may give it, the number of positive cases continue to surge in triple digit each day and so too d..

Climbing cases despite restrictionsDisturbing figures

Sixty days of containment, curfew, restrictions or whatever name one gives it but there is certainly no sign in the spread of the virus slowing down. Cannot say the peak has been reached, for if that is the case then the State should have started seeing a..

Trust science, not rumours : PMVaccination : The answer

Ramp up vaccination was the call then. Now it is more about convincing the people to shed their vaccine hesitancy and come out willingly to get their vaccine jab.  It is in this context that Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat radio broa..

Assessing students sans examsCovid induced model

First time for the Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur (COHSEM) and the Board of Secondary Education, Manipur (BOSEM). First time too for the thousands of young students who are or were set to appear for the Class X and Class XII board examinat..

Virus will be around for some time Ramp up vaccination drive

No one knows how long the pandemic will continue. More importantly no one knows what further mutation the virus will undergo and already alert has been sounded over the Delta Plus variant of the coronavirus which is reported to be much more contagious and..

Disturbing spread in MizoramTime to be on one’s toes

Hope the Government of Manipur has taken note of the disturbing spread of the virus in neighbouring Mizoram and accordingly take up the needed steps. With 18,398 the overall tally of infected persons is low, much lower than Manipur’s tally of 65,622..

Lessons from the first two waveVaccines : The shield

The important question is, what lessons have been learnt from the first and second wave of the global pandemic here in Manipur ? This question is important for it  is a foregone conclusion that any preparation for the third wave should come from the ..

The truth : Critical phaseHigh positivity rate

Let it be very clear. Situation is far from normal. Let the excessively positive minded persons say whatever they want but the fact remains that the situation is still very dicey and things can only get worse if one lowers one’s guard under the fals..

Stop the juvenile war of wordsManipur deserves better

This is not at all amusing. And why has the blame game suddenly picked up speed in the last one day or two ? The answer must be clear to all those who have been following the spat of words between the BJP and the Congress closely but the interesting quest..

Low turn out for vaccination shotsNeed to do more

4,87,571 out of 19.85 lakh is a low 24.5 percent of people who have received their Covid vaccination. This was as recent as June 18. And out of these 4.87 lakh people only 82,027 people have received their second jab. This works out to only 16.82 percent ..

CBSE, CISCE laying down the benchmarkStress on consistency

Extraordinary time calls for extraordinary measures to cope with the time and it is along this line that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council of Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) have gone ahead and announced their a..

Need to minutely study figuresDisturbing statistics

The statistics tells its own worrying tale. Compared to bigger States, geographically as well as demographically, a cumulative caseload of 62,343 will not mean much, but keep the population strength of the place in mind and this becomes worrying.  Th..

Cancelling Class X, XII examsTask before BOSEM, COHSEM

Not surprising that the BJP led Government at Imphal has decided to do away with the Class X or HSLC and Class XII or HSSLC exams this year given the current situation. In between, the Class XI examinations conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Edu..

Caught one or two steps behindNeed to think ahead

Always caught one or even two steps behind. This is what the world and India have witnessed ever since the global pandemic broke out and this should more than underline the point that here is a virus which is tricky and can mutate at will and in the proce..

Dealing with figures and more figuresGrim positivity rate

Figures, figures and more figures. This is what all the Imphal based newspaper houses must have been obsessed with ever since COVID-19 started spreading at will and taking lives. This is more so during the second wave of the pandemic which has proven to b..

Infecting and killing at willScripting tragedy

The virus continues to script a tale of tragedy. Clearly the second wave of the pandemic has turned out to be a monster killer, killing at will, snatching lives from left, right, centre. Each bereaved family will have a tragic tale to recount, of how they..

Understanding the restrictionsThe onus on all

The important question is not when, but how ? And one thing that is for sure at this moment is, the lockdown/curfew will be lifted gradually and not go as a whole. The spiralling figure should reflect the reality that is Manipur right now and expecting or..

Peddling numbers and talliesReduced to statistics

Numbers, statistics. This is what many or more than 90 percent of those who have passed away due to COVID-19 have been reduced to and this is one of the saddest parts. As a newspaper which is there to disseminate information to the people every morning, i..

Making it to Kofi Annan’s listRs 42.5 lakh pay package

For close to 18 months or a little over 14/15 months, it has been Covid, Covid and more Covid all the way and it came like a whiff of fresh breath to learn that amid this all round gloom some individuals have gone ahead to give a glimmer of hope and sunsh..

All quiet on the Class X, XII exams frontTime to take a decision

The State Government should take a decision and fast at that. Does not make sense to keep on tenterhooks thousands of students who are to appear for their Class X and Class XII board examinations.  The call for a decision and a fast one at that is im..

Rising number of deaths, casesRamp up vaccination drive

The curfew/lockdown/restrictions on movement of people etc cannot go on forever. At the same time there is no sign as yet that the spread of the virus has peaked and has started going down. This is about Manipur and to a certain extent, the North East reg..

Setting aside 30 beds for childrenGearing up ahead of 3rd wave

Experts are agreed on two points-There will be a third wave in the country and two, children will be hit hard in the third wave. It is also generally agreed that India was caught on the wrong foot when the second wave hit the country hard, infecting at wi..

Disturbing daily death countBoost immunity

The death count is deeply disturbing. And it is climbing. Obvious that the death count cannot be understood sans the rising number of positive cases, but ultimately it is the death which can and will have the deepest impact on the bereaved family and the ..

Getting back to the basicsTest, trace, treat

Getting back to the basics and this is exactly what the State Government is doing in going ahead with the mass testing programme at Imphal West. Couple this with the test conducted on those pulled up for violating the SOPs and defying the curfew call and ..

Beyond exam centric education Cancelling 12th exams

Not totally unexpected but the first as far as one can go back in memory and how a system which has been solely relying on the mark/exam system will work out the performance of the students remains to be seen. That it took none less than Prime Minister Na..

Crossing milestone of 50 thousandWhat stage is Manipur in ?

On May 31, 2021, Manipur crossed the grim milestone of 50 thousand cases and perhaps the time is opportune to raise the question of whether any lesson has been learnt from the first wave of the epidemic back in 2020 or whether it is more about day to day ..

Increasing trend in ManipurRamp up testing, vaccination

It is becoming more and more clear and the Government of Manipur must have already heard the rumblings from the virus. New records are being written and rewritten all within a span of 24 hours and so it is that from a record of 1007 positive cases on May ..

Price of treating Covid patientsWere Pvt hospitals consulted ?

Not the first State in India, but already the decision of the Government of Manipur to put a cap on the charges levied by private hospitals for treating COVID-19 positive patients appears to have run into rough water. It was on May 26 that the Government ..

Mass testing soon promise from CMTest, Trace, Treat

Test, Trace, Treat. The three magic Ts in the fight against the Coronavirus and it is heartening to hear the Chief Minister announcing that the Government will soon go in for mass testing. Albeit via the Rapid Antigen Test method and while this model is u..

Fight against Covid : Take all alongNeed to study all aspects

Ramp up testing. Ramp up the three Ts-Test, Trace, Treat. Delegate authority and take all responsible personalities along in facing the scourge of the virus which is running amok amongst the people. The statistics should speak for itself. These are some l..

Climbing numbers despite restrictionsRamp up the three Ts

Nearly a month of restricting people’s movement, yet the numbers continue to grow, both in terms of deaths as well as in the number of infected persons. Should then this be taken to mean that the restrictions have not worked ? To say yes would be ju..

Food for thought on home isolationLook at Maharastra

Seven is certainly not the age to die and likewise the many who were in their late 30s and 40s and 50s and even 60s who have fallen prey to COVID-19 during the second wave of the virus. On May 25, Manipur rewrote yet another ‘highest positive cases ..

Manipur right on top in the regionCases surging in NE

The shift is clear. The virus has changed direction and from rampaging across the cities of the country and States like Maharashtra, it has now shifted focus and appears to set its eyes on the North Eastern region of the country. In Manipur, each day has ..

Do away with home isolation model Asymptomatic cases

Home isolation should be done away with for this is a flawed line of thinking. There is a reason why the Chief Minister is now so much concerned with patients under home isolation. What works in Europe or even in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata w..

Eyes on patients in home isolation Better late than never

Better late than never, one may say. Significant to note that the State Government has deemed it fit now to acknowledge that ‘home isolation without proper facilities for the same has been a major cause for the rapid spread of the virus.’ This..

More devastating than the first wave Heart rending tales

The second wave has been more devastating than the first. A lesson to be learnt from the Spanish Flu of 1918 to 1920, for back then, more than a hundred years back, the second wave was more lethal. Manipur has been no exception. In a span of less than a m..

Reeling under the second wave Lessons to be learnt

Already reeling under the second wave and with experts predicting that India will face a third wave, the next few or many months, even stretching into 2022, will be dicey. If the second wave of the virus is any indication, it can be taken that the third w..

Need to ramp up vaccination process Life giving oxygen

Ramp up the vaccination process. This is the need of the hour. After more than a week, Manipur witnessed the number of positive cases in a single day well below the 400 mark with 330 on May 17 but the death count continues to be well above ten, with 14 de..

Quietly helping the fight against Covid Unsung heroes

Unheralded but quietly going about with whatever assistance they can to help the people during this uncertain times of the pandemic. They are not folks who people will automatically recognise on the road and they certainly do not announce their arrival or..

Scaling new heights in infection and deaths Critical situation

The situation is critical, very critical. This does not mean that one should press the alarm button, but there is the need to acknowledge the critical situation. RIMS and JNIMS are being stretched to its limit. A prominent private medical hospital, Raj Me..