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Woman auto driver awarded for ferrying cured COVID-19 patient home

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, June 11 - A woman auto driver of Manipur was awarded by Chief Minister N Biren Singh today for ferrying a girl, who was cured of COVID-19 at a hospital here, back to her home in Kamjong district.

�Glad to honour and hand over a cash reward of Rs 1,10,000 to Smt Laibi Oinam, an auto driver from Pangei who took the trouble to take the discharged girl from JNIMS (Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences) covering 8 hours journey to Kamjong on midnight of May 31. She truly exemplifies hard work and service above self,� the Chief Minister tweeted.

Chairman of Loktak Development Authority L Susindro, Chairman of Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers� Welfare Board Heikham Dingo, Yaiskul MLA Th Satyabrata, filmmaker Meena Longjam and sponsors of the cash award were present at the programme.

The award was sponsored by a few entrepreneurs of Manipur along with Manipuri diaspora in the US, the UK, Canada and Singapore. Laibi, who has two sons, is the sole breadwinner of the family.

A documentary film based on her life titled Auto Driver won many accolades, including the best social issue film in the non-feature category at the 63rd National Film Awards in 2015 and Best Short Documentary in the audience choice category at the 2017 Women�s Voices Now Film Festival.

COVID-19 tally: With the detection of 55 new cases, the total number COVID-19 cases in Manipur rose to 366, including 293 active cases, State health officials said today.

So far, 73 patients have recovered in the State.

As of Thursday, around 20,528 samples were tested for COVID-19 in the State and 2,61,579 persons were screened at various screening centres set up at the entry points to the State.

A total of 21,124 persons are currently lodged at different quarantine centres in the State.

Lockdown violators detained: The Manipur Police have detained 451 persons for violating the ongoing lockdown/curfew, said Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) L Kailun in a press release on Thursday. About 476 vehicles were seized and fine to the tune of Rs 85,650 was collected.

Police appealed to the public to follow the guidelines issued by the Government; otherwise they would have to face legal action under the National Disaster Management Act.

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