A two-day online national seminar on the ‘Impact of Covid-19 on the Indian Industry and Economy,’ hosted by the management department of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) from November 18-19, more than 40 scholars from throughout the country presented their work.
During the seminar, Arpita Mukherjee of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations in New Delhi educated the audience on the wide-ranging effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on various sectors of the Indian economy, while RGU Pro-VC Prof Amitava Mitra discussed the dynamics of economic indicators that have been severely impacted by the ongoing pandemic.
Dr NT Rikam, RGU Registrar, spoke on how Covid-19 has affected everyone and challenged the audience to think about how the economy may be improved.
Prof RC Parida, Dean of Commerce and Management, stated that the pandemic has impacted the entire nation’s economy.
He held that vibrant policies are required to solve the barriers that the economy faces.
Prof. Saket Kushwaha, RGU Vice-Chancellor, and Dr Sankar Thappa, the seminar’s convenor, were among those who spoke.
ASSAM: Assam Man mysteriously found dead in Chennai Airport; Body sent for Autopsy
A migrant worker, aged 35-year-old has reportedly been found dead in Chennai Airport, on Saturday, November 20. He has been identified as Dipak Paul, hailing from Assam. He was a construction worker by profession.
He was found dead near Chennai Airport’s departure terminal.
On Friday, November 19, Dipak was at the Chennai airport to catch a flight to Guwahati. However, at the checking-in point, he fainted due to ill health. Subsequently after, he was given first-aid by the doctors and was sent to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital for further treatment.
Then on Saturday, November 20, as reports have stated, he came again to the airport to board a Guwahati flight, but he was found ”unconscious” near the toilet at the departure terminal. He was immediately taken to the Chromepet Government Hospital, where doctors declared him dead.
For the past two years, Dipak had been employed in the city.
Reportedly, his body was taken to a Government Hospital in order for an autopsy to be performed.
The corpse was taken to the hospital by airport personnel when they received the information and rushed to the death scene.
MANIPUR: Union Minister Piyus Goyal Announces Mega Handloom Village in Gold Medalist Mirabai’s Village
Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and Textiles, announced the establishment of a mega handloom cluster in Olympic silver medalist Saikohm Mirabai Chanu’s native village in Manipur’s Imphal East district on Saturday.
According to the ministry, the Union minister, who is in Imphal for a two-day maiden visit to Manipur, has also announced the establishment of a handloom and handicraft village at Moirang in Bishnupur district, where the INA hoisted the tricolour flag for the first time on Indian soil.
The minister made the statement during his speech at the City Convention Centre in Imphal on Saturday, following the inauguration of a Thematic Exhibition of Crafts held jointly by the Manipur government’s Development Commissioner (Handicraft) and the Union Ministry of Textiles.
MEGHALAYA: Khasi Students’ Union urges Sports Associations to ensure local players’ representation
The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) is a Meghalayan organization that claims to be “apolitical”. It has blatantly asked and urged multiple sports associations to ensure that local or tribal players represent Meghalaya in any national-level sport event conducted outside the state.
KSU General Secretary, Donald V Thabah, said in a statement issued on Saturday, November 20, “No one from outside the Khasi, Jaiñtia and Garo communities should be selected to represent the state”.
The KSU has plainly stated that even if there are given situations where the non-locals of the state are excellent athletes, the major objective of sports associations, in general must be to exclusively groom and ensure that indigenous or local athletes represent the state. Sports associations, says the General Secretary, should reject the non-local athletes who come for trials even if there are really good athletes.
Furthermore, Thabah has also said, “Non-local athletes should not be entertained even if they produce permanent residential certificate or even if they are married to any tribal women”.
He added, “We understand that the local youths can become professional sportspersons only if they are provided with the platform to represent the state. This will help to motivate the young boys and girls who are keen to pursue sports as a professional career”.
According to The Shillong Times, Thabah has mentioned that the selection of non-locals would deprive the local athletes of the opportunity to represent the state and would demoralise the spirit of those who have potential to excel in various sport disciplines.
MIZORAM: More than 15 kg of Heroin confiscated and 493 people arrested for drugs related trade this year, says Peter Zohmingthanga
According to Peter Zohmingthanga, a spokesperson for the Excise and Narcotics Department, 15.420 kilogrammes of heroin were confiscated from January to October this year, with the amount of heroin recovered increasing each year.
According to the department’s records, between January 2019 and October 2021, a total of 39.72 kg of heroin were seized.
According to him, 12.59 kilogrammes of heroin were seized in 2019 and 11.71 kilogrammes in 2020.
In addition, he claimed, 612 kilogrammes of ganja (cannabis) were seized over a three-year period (2019–October 2021), as well as mathamphetamine tablets (210.87 kg), opium (2 kg), pseudoephedrine tablets (9 kg), Alprazolam tablets (12.62 kg), and Dextroproproxyphene tablets (25 kg).
During the same time period, he claimed, at least 2,120 persons were arrested and 1,572 drug-related cases were filed.
According to him, 493 persons were detained from January to October this year, 574 in 2020, and 1,053 in 2019.
According to the official, 1,688 persons died as a result of drug abuse between 1984 and November 15, 2021.
He added that out of 1,688 persons, 340 died from heroin, 1,161 died from Dextroproproxyphene, and 187 died from other narcotics.
He said that the current use of opiads (opium substances) is unusually high among drug users, with a rate of 25.67% compared to a national average of 2%.
According to him, the number of people using injectable drugs in the state is presently believed to be about 28,288 compared to the national figure of 8,54,296.
About 90% of the accused (arrested people) were convicted, according to Zohmingthanga.
NAGALAND: State Farmers yet to exlore potentials
On Saturday, a day before World Fisheries Day, which falls on November 21, a celebration was organised at the Government Fish Farm in Thizama, Kohima district.
Anoop Khinchi, Nagaland’s Secretary for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, stated that only about 1112 percent of Nagaland’s fishery potential is being exploited, despite the fact that the industry offers a large potential for job creation. He emphasised the significance of fishing in a sustainable manner.
2.8 million people in the country are employed in fishery and related activities, he stated.
L Khumo Khiamniungan, Advisor, Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Economics & Statistics, who was there as a special guest, urged local fish farmers to cease relying on the state government for funding to engage in various activities.
He also advised the fish producers to seek technical guidance and assistance from the relevant authority in order to improve their fish yield.
SIKKIM: National Disaster Response Force conducts a mock drill to prepare for immediate response to natural disaster
A Mock Drill was held at Yangang Bazaar on Friday by the South District Disaster Management Authority of Sikkim in collaboration with the 2 Bn National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in an attempt to examine disaster management strategies and enhance the ability to respond faster.
The mock exercise was attended by many stakeholders, including Heads of Departments (HODs), school students, and local gentries, according to a press release issued by the office of Deputy Commissioner (DC) South.
Various MFR (Medical First-Aid Responder) tasks, such as bleeding control and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), were demonstrated to the attendees, followed by a demonstration of CSSR equipments.
It’s worth noting that mock drills on various rescue operations were held to ensure that concerned officials and residents were aware of disaster management plans for proper readiness and response in the case of a sudden disaster.
TRIPURA: Trinamool Youth Congress President Sayoni Ghosh arrested; charged with attempted murder
Tripura Police have detained Trinamool Youth Congress President Saayoni Ghosh on charges of attempted murder.
On Monday, Ghosh will be produced before the court. The Trinamool Congress is set to file a bail application soon after.
West Tripura’s Additional SP (Urban), BJ Reddy, said: “On the basis of preliminary evidence, she has been arrested. We’ve filed a complaint under IPC sections 307 and 153.”
According to top Trinamool Congress sources, some female cops arrived at the hotel where Saayoni Ghosh was staying around 11 a.m. and said they wanted to question her.
Other workers afterwards learned that Saayoni had been charged with attempted murder and that she had reportedly tried to run over some BJP workers with her vehicle on Saturday evening when they arrived at the police station.
Some cops had supposedly arrived at the hotel where TMC leaders are staying and sought to seize Sushmita Dev’s car, according to sources.
She, on the other hand, declined to work with them at the time.
Ghosh tweeted that she was driving through a BJP meeting in her automobile, where Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb was giving a speech. Saayoni Ghosh was also spotted making fun of the low attendance at the event. “Khela hobe,” she said when someone recognised her.
Following the incident, Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee attempted to travel to Tripura but was denied permission to do so.
All India Trinamool Congress later tweeted: “Our National Gen Secy Shri Abhishekaitc will reach Tripura tomorrow morning to stand beside our workers who were BRUTALLY ATTACKED by BJP goons. Permission to land today was denied. An autocrat is running the show in Tripura and we will fight tooth & nail to end this torture!”