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Manipur Govt suspends routine programmes due to coronavirus threat

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, March 14 - The Manipur Government has indefinitely suspended two routine government programmes � the Hill Leaders Day and �Meeyamgi Numit� (People�s Day) � in view of the threat posed by COVID-19, a press release issued by the Secretary to the Chief Minister stated.

The Hill Leaders Day and Meeyamgi Numit are meetings that the Chief Minister holds with the public on the 10th and 15th of every month to address grievances. These programmes have been held since May, 2017.

Meanwhile, after the State Government�s decision to shut down all schools in the State till March 31, besides prohibiting movement of people across the international border, an announcement has been made to suspend classes in institutions of higher education.

Commissioner of Higher and Technical Education M Harekrishna issued an order in this regard on March 13. In his order, Harekrishna said that the Governor has ordered suspension of classes in all institutes of higher education (government, government-aided and private), including universities, which are under the administrative control of the Department of Higher and Technical Education, with immediate effect till March 31 in public interest. All heads of office have been asked to ensure compliance with the order.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner of Bishnupur district has restricted �mass gatherings�. According to an office memorandum issued by the Deputy Commissioner, the restriction does not apply to family rituals like marriages, shraddhas, etc. Events deemed unavoidable by the office will be held only with the prior approval of the Deputy Commissioner, the memorandum stated.

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