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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.

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MPCC prepares warm reception of AICC president Rahul Gandhi

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Imphal, March 19,

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee is all set to give a warm reception to the All India Congress Committee (AICC ) President which is expected to land at Imphal Airport at 4.30. pm. today.

Members of MPCC including CLP leader O. Ibobi visited the site for public meeting being prepared to be conducted at Hapta Kangjeibung where Rahul Gandhi will speak to a gathering tomorrow.

Speaking to media persons while inspecting the preparation done at Hapta Kangjeibung CLP leader O. Ibobi said that Gandhi-Nehru family has a strong feeling towards North East specially Manipur. He appealed the people of the state to attend the visit of Rahul Gandhi at Imphal. He added that the people might be eager to hear what Rahul might say about the different issues of International, National and regional especially about the state.

Ibobi claimed that Congress party has taken very seriously about the commitments and the manifesto given by the party. He appealed the people to hear about the burning issues to be delivered by Rahul Gandhi and asked the people need to judge if the party did it or not in the near future.

President of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Gaikhangam said that the visit of Rahul Gandhi at Imphal is a great opportunity for the people not only for MPCC.  He added that the present government has been very repressive and even greater than during the period of British colonial era. He said that the government has been silencing the voice which critique against the government and considers them as anti-national and charged under sedition. He added that the nation has been witnessing dark days.

Gaikhangam further stressed that the people of the nation considered that Rahul Gandhi as the saviour of the nation which will liberate from the impressive regime of the government. He concluded that the meeting is not for the party only but for the state too. He appealed the people to attend and participate the meeting.

Clarifying the statements about BJP where they claimed that they will win by attaining more than three hundred seats, Gaikhangam said that the BJP’s claim is simply a daydream where they will not even score 200 seats as the whole of the nation considers uprooting the present government as they will destroy the nation.

It can be mentioned that Rahul Gandhi after reaching Imphal, will visit Shaheed Minar to pay homage to the martyrs and also is expected to visit Ema Keithel. And he will give his speech which is considered to be a mammoth gathering according to MPCC will be tomorrow at Hapta Kangjeibung. Interaction with the youths will also be there.


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Manipur Maoist warns Catholic School

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Imphal, March 19,

The unsettled dispute between the Catholic run school and an armed group is not about the denial of the school authority in admitting students but the school authority’s disrespect to the agreement made between the armed group and the authority to accommodate 10 children each from the family of the victims of armed conflict as agreed earlier, said Maoist Communist party Manipur (MCPM).

A statement of the outfit said that till today the school authority had not convened any meeting with the Students’ bodies and CSOs of the state to solve the dispute , which meant that the Catholic school society neither have respect for the Armed rebel group or for the students of the states. The attitude also showed that the Catholic schools which comes from outside the state have no regards for the students’ bodies as well as the CSOs of the state, the statement added.

Except for demand to implement the agreed point for reservation of the children of armed no letter as been submitted to the Catholic society, the Maoist said.

It further claimed that Lanchenba group of KCP and the PWG along with their cadre had fired rounds of gun shot at the gate of St. Josheph but they concealed the incident without letting it known to anyone. The Manipur Maoist had also recalled on the IED planted by PWG at the Catholic school.

The statement said that the three outfit, KCP- PWG, Lanchenba group of KCP and the Maoist are ready to response to the attitude of the Catholic School. It said all works related with catholic School will be put to halt if fails to tender apology to the people and also to the parties. The statement however said that it will band on teachers, non-teaching staffs and school van , however it will not interfere the students.

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39th Senior National Archery Championship

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Imphal, March 19,

39th NTPC Senior National Archery Championship was held at Cuttack, Odisha from 09 March to 18 March 2019. The Assam Rifles Archery Team (ARAT) attached with 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the Aegis of IGAR (South), comprising of eight men and four women archers, represented Manipur State Archery team and All India Police Sports Control Board (AIPSCB). The team under coach Nb Sub Satish Dubey participated in the Indian, Recurve and Compound events of Men and Women categories. The championship witnessed participation of 37 top teams of all the States.
Proving their mettle in the championship, the Assam Rifles Team performed exceedingly well by winning medals in both individual as well as team events. A total of 01 Gold, 03 Silver and 04 Bronze medals were won by the archers.
 Rfn N Subhachandra represented All India Police Sports Control Board (AIPSCB) and won Bronze medal in Men’s Team Event in Recurve Round.

Way to go as but hopes stir

Hope and ambition are an intrinsic part of human beings. People almost always find a way to wriggle out of any situation however difficult or seemingly hopeless it might seem. This irrepressible human trait can most vividly be witnessed and experienced in our state. Beset with problems and disappointments in every sphere of life- be it the crony politics and contract culture pervading every public development projects and schemes taking precedence over concepts of progress and development , the duality and conflicts on culture and increasingly alienating stands, artistic constraints and vigilantism that is slowly yet surely chocking freedom of artistic expression and individuality, or worse still, the rise of a breed of human parasites and opportunists ready to pounce on and capitalize upon the slightest hint of weakness of anybody or anything, employing any and every means at their disposal- connections, coercions, threat or even violence to have their way.
The perfect ingredients for a superhit blockbuster, one might even summarise with enthusiasm, only if it isn’t for the grim reality of the situation. Just as the darkest hour precedes the dawn, so does the seemingly endless feeling of gloom and despondency in the society gives rise to an undying flicker of hope and expectations, for as things stand now, things couldn’t get any worse than it already is, and that we can only go forward, for the uncomfortable fact remains that our society as a whole is standing with its back against the wall at the moment. And so we move, or at least we hope to.
The Imphal-Dimapur national highway has been assured of upgrading to make it withstand the vagaries of nature throughout the year which will translate to increased efficiency in connectivity, decrease in disruptions in transportation of essential commodities thereby stabilizing prices, increase in comfort and safety to travelers, among others.
The Thoubal Multipurpose Project which was scheduled to be made operational from this year onwards could not be converted into action, and efforts are being made to complete the project in the shortest timeframe possible, never mind the fact that the project commenced more than three and half decades earlier. After completion, and on operation of the multipurpose project, acres of fields and arable lands will be provided water for irrigation thereby helping in increasing production while thousands will have access to safe drinking water thereby improving sanitation and decreasing instances of water-borne diseases. The project also proposes to help generate electricity which will add to the available resource at present and help make the state less dependent on others. The Solid Waste Treatment Plant at Lamdeng which begin operation serves little purpose in making the city clean.
Hopes and expectation of the project about making the city and adjoining areas clean turn as another flop show, not to mention the clogging of drainages causing flooding and water stagnation raising the threat of spreading vector-borne diseases such as Malaria, Dengue, Japanese Encephalitis etc.
A host of other developmental works are either in the offing or are already in various stages of completion. While the increasing pace and seemingly increasing amount of developmental activities bodes well for the state which has been reeling under numerous forms of disruptions mainly due to the lack of opportunities for development and infrastructures that could made it so, past experiences has put a huge question mark on the end result of these efforts. Those entrusted with the projects should take a proactive role in seeing that these vital activities are carried out according to specifications and in time for the people of this state to stand a fighting chance of catching up with the rest of the world. It is the end result which will ultimately prove the intentions of the leaders true- or otherwise.