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RIP Tamo Khelen: You will be always in our heart

It is natural - if you are born you will have to die one day. Thousands are born every day and thousands died each days. Among the people die everyday – few are remembered for the kind of service they provided for the people and humanity. Their names are engraved to the heart of every right thinking people. And their names continue to shine in the future too.
Among the few, Senior Journalist Khelen Thokchom, who left us all for heavenly abode yesterday, is one. To the younger journalist fraternity he was a mentor, an advisor and an inspiration for all. To the people he was a critic, a messenger of truth. When he got free time he wrote satirical words at social networking site Facebook. His every post at FB makes his friends who are known either physically or virtually, ‘smile’.
When he spared times with journalist colleagues, he made no difference between young or old, new comers or experienced one. He would make jokes that carry thousand meanings. He indirectly inspired every one near him to stand up for truth and truth only. He redefined kitchen gardening not only for living but for own pleasure and for saving the environment.
Before his visit to Gujarat on journalists’ tour organized by the Manipur Legislative Assembly, something started disturbing his mind very seriously. I went to his home to comfort him. We two of us sat together for a while. Instead of telling me what actually disturbed him he taught me how to take decision at time of critical reporting. He suggested me how to extract the resource from experts while interviewing or anchoring programme like discussion hour at ISTV. I thought of spending that whole day with him, but could not as I had another assignment including a marriage ceremony of the daughter of his close colleague (another senior journalist Irengbam Arun).
Four days back we met again at ISTV discussion hour programme. Every time we met, he used to talking something which made me happy and smile. That very day he sat quietly and again said that he was not feeling very well.
As we started our programme discussing about the question leak problem of CBSE, I was a little bit worried as I was told that he was seriously disturbed (personal problem I guessed). But to my surprised, when it came about issues he gave logical reply and also suggested many good things which could bring a change in the system.

After the discussion hour, we stood together for a while at BT road sharing a puff of cigarette in front of ISTV Network. He never told anyone about his personal problem. But then I insisted him to tell me what exactly, was that thing that made him unhappy and disturbed.  
Well, the thing which he was worried was the rotten system of our society. The culture of suppressing people, who wanted change by using means which sometimes made him voiceless. At 58 he had a young and energetic mind. But then like every father or husband, he wanted his wife to be respected by all and his son and daughter to be the best. Except having some moments at late evening and morning he hardly found time to spend his only belongings. At 58 he knew he will retired soon and he was little worried about his son’s and daughter’s future as he would be retiring after 2 years.
Another thing which he told me was about an incident which he felt that he had not committed any wrong except cracking some jokes as he usually did to many of us. However, When I insisted him to tell me about it he said, it was late, he would tell me  some other day. When I started my two wheeler bike to go back home, he said, “that incident is the only thing that really hurt me, and I am left in such a situation that I have to keep quiet as I have great love for my son and daughter”.  
I could not trace out what that incident was which kept such a courageous journalist mum his mouth even though I had heard him many times arguing with the most powerful men of this state.
Rest in peace Ta Khelen, you will always be in our heart. Hope the truth about Tamo Khelen’s worries comes up from someone who knows about that incident.

MPCC pays tribute to 3 former Chief Ministers; inaugurates rooms dedicated in their names

Imphal, April 2

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) today paid fitting tribute to three former Chief Ministers of the state – Moirang Koireng Singh, Rishang Keishing and RK Joychandra and inaugurated three rooms dedicated in their names at Congress Bhavan, BT Road Imphal.
Of the three room inaugurated today – a is dedicated to M. Koireng Singh , another to Rishang Keishing which is to be utilised as library and the third to R.K Joychandra, which is to be utilised as media room.

Before the inauguration of the three rooms, floral tribute were paid to the three former Chief Ministers by congress workers and supporters. The floral paying ceremony was led by MPCC President TN Haokip , Congress leaders Okram Ibobi and G. Gaikhangam.
Speaking on the occasion, MPCC President TN Haokip said that the three rooms dedicated to the three former chief ministers of the state is for making good use of the young congress leader. While appealing to support the Library, Haokip appealed the youth to make good use of the Library by reading books.
Recalling the importance of Social Media in today’s world. Haokip appealed young Congress workers to use social media for good cause. To the veteran congress workers, Haokip appealed  to learnt it from the younger generation.

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Condolence pours over the untimely demise of Sr. Journalist Khelen Thokchom

Imphal, April 2,

Various sections of people and organisations from across the region continue to condole the untimely demise of Senior Journalist Khelen Thokchom.
Late Khelen Thokchom left for heavenly abode on April 1 morning.
Proscribed group United Liberation Front (UNLF) in a press statement condole the untimely demise of Sr. Journalist Khelen Thokchom. A statement said that Khelen Thokchom, as a journalist had highlighted the story of the oppressed people of the region across the globe. He was a journalist who had tried to change the system towards the right direction. The UNLF also paid respect terming him as a journalist who always follows the ethics of journalism. The statement said, the UNLF shares the pains and sorrow of the departed family and pray for the soul to rest in peace. A press statement of the Press Advisory Committee of the Manipur Legislative Assembly held a condolence meeting at the media room of the office at 10.30 am today. The condolence service was chaired by P. Ibochou Singh, Chairman of the Press Advisory Committee. The meeting deeply condoles the sudden and untimely demise of Khelen Thokchom, Special Correspondence Telegraph who is also a member of the Press Advisory Committee. A 2 minutes silence was observed as a mark of respect to the departed soul. The committee also shared the grief and sorrow of the family and pray for the departed soul to rest in peace.
Members of the Thoubal District Journalists’ Union also observed 2 minutes silence as a mark of respect for the departed soul.
Late Khelen Thokchom was the founder editor of Sangai Express (both English and Manipuri Edition) and later work as a special correspondent of Telegraph Daily.
The union also shared the pains and sorrow of the family members.

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Inauguration Postponed

Imphal, April 2,
As per a notice issued by the Secretariat, Law & Legislative Affairs Department, Government of Manipur, the inauguration of the Special Court, ND&PS) ,(Fast Track Court)  at Uripok, Cheirap Court Complex scheduled to be held on 2nd April,2018 at 10.00 am is postponed to 4th April,2018 due to the sudden demise of R.K.Dorendra Singh, Former Chief Minister, Manipur.
The State Government has decided to observe 3 days State Mourning w.e.f 31-03-2018 to 02-04-2018.

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