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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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Dr. Palin among the 25 living legends in healthcare of India

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Dr. Palin Khundongbam, Comsultant Plastic Surgeon, Chairman cum Managing Diirector of the Shija Hospital has been listed among the 25 living legends in health care of India by Medgate today in its May- June 2016 edition.

Medget today is published by Advance Media Group based in New delhi. The other stalwards of health care listed among the 25 legends are Dr. Pratap C Reddy of Apollo Group of Hospitals, Hyderabad, Dr. M Wali of Physician to the president of India, Dr, Anjan Bose of Healthcare Federation of India, Dr. Ramakanta Panda of Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, Dr. Ashok Seth of Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Delhi, Dr. K K Aggarwal of Indian medical Association, Delhi, Dr. Alok Roy of Medica Group of Hospitals, Kolkatta etc.
Dr. Palin is the only one from the North East India to be included in the list.

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AMCTA demands withdrawal of notification regarding the amended API

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All Manipur College Teachers’ Association (AMCTA) strongly condemns the notification regarding the amended Academic Performance Indicator (API) notified by Govt. of India in its Gazette dated 10th May 2016 and put in public domain on May 17. A press release today signed by M. Lokendro Singh, President, AMCTA & Zonal Secretary, All India Federation of University & College Teachers’ Organisation- AIFUCTO (North East Zone) condemns the quantum jump in work load of all the teachers in universities and colleges. The Government of India has done just opposite of what was required to be done. The release further states that while the teachers across the country are eagerly waiting for VII Pay Review Committee for University and College teachers, the Govt. of India has done a big injustice to the teachers working in colleges & universities across the country because due to the amended notification of API, there is quantum jump in work load of all the teachers in universities & colleges and Workload at the level of Astt. Professor increases more than 50%. Delay in constitution of VII Pay Review Committee is already agitating teaching community in higher education sector and the Govt. is mum on this till today. Amended gazette of API again agitated the teachers of higher education sector across the country.

Instead of providing relief to teachers working in small towns and remote areas, it has reduced the research requirements of university teachers and, has increased the research workload for college teachers. This is a mindless and shocking exercise of the govt Similarly there are other changes which are unpragmatic will create huge problems in future, the release said, adding that AIFUCTO  demands that the Govt of India must withdraw this useless gazette notification immediately in the larger interest of the teachers & higher education of the country  and should hold discussion with the representatives of the teachers federations for fresh notification. If it is not done, AIFUCTO will decide future course of action in its proposed NEC meeting on 25th & 26th June’2016 in Dehradun (Uttrakhand), the release concluded.

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Saving the future to fight over

The relentless agitation spearheaded by the JCILPS Manipur has been demanding the state government to obtain the assent or approval for the three bills- (Protection of Manipur Peoples Bill 2015, Manipur Land Revenue & Land Reforms (seventh amendment) Bill 2015, and Manipur Shops & Establishment (second amendment) Bill 2015 ), passed by the state legislative assembly on August 31 last year from the President of India, even after the state government have appointed a committee to represent the state and argue the case for approval of the said bills which will enable them to be enacted as laws speak volumes about the level of trust the public has endowed on the current government. Perhaps the genesis of this deep distrust and suspicions of the intent of the state government can be traced back to the time when neighbouring forces, both as individuals and in groups from across the state cajoled the central government to extend the ceasefire between NSCN-IM and the Government of India ‘without territorial limits’ during June 2001 which prompted the public to go on a spontaneous rampage fuelled by the feeble attempt of the state government to raise objections against the pact which the public in the state considers a transgression of ethical and territorial integrity of the state. Or perhaps the calculated silence is a tried and tested formula for waiting out the initial fervour of any agitations or campaigns by the public, which, while mostly successful on the part of the state government, have further embittered the agitating public, paving the way for more intense and destructive forms of protests and agitations.
The present agitations, however has two sides to the story, and the people in the hills are rising against the efforts of the state government to push for the enactment of the bills by the state government, terming the three bills as ‘Anti-tribal’ and threatening the future of the people in the hills. The protests against the state government passing the bills in the state assembly has been gathering momentum, and by the looks of it, the two opposing parties are on a collision course if both decides to stick to their points. It must be added here that there are certain points of contention in the bills which needs to be revised and brought to consensus as otherwise these will prove to be the proverbial spanner in the works, one most prominent point being the fixing of 1951 as the base year for detection of outsiders and their deportation. The very point, though included in the three bills passed has not reached its rational conclusion with many prominent individuals and organisations expressing doubts and reservations on the particular issue, and as Imphal Free Press editor and author Pradip Phanjoubam opined- the point is not ‘within reason,’ and has ‘no practical application’ and hence the Manipur government   needs to revise it, while adding  that “There are still major doubts about the claim that the three ILP related bills hurt the sentiments of the tribal people in the state. I’ve gone through the contents of the bills. Though I’m not a legal expert, I would say that the bills do not impinge upon their interests at all”. The ominous showdown of the two contrasting views and demands has put the state to a grinding halt, and the society has adopted a suspicious and uncertain outlook as a matter of fact. It is time to bring a rational closure to the protracted issue before there is no future to fight over. 

JCILPS 38 hours cease work agitation freezes life

Except for rituals and medical purposes, all vehicles including police were force to turn back at some places

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Life in Imphal and other valley districts of the state freezes today as JCILPS intensify their agitation demanding implementation of Inner Line Permit System by calling 38 hours cease work strike from  4 am today. As announced by the convenor of JCILPS Kh Ratan in yesterday’s press meet large number of people today came out in the street and staged protest at their respective localities in Imphal area. The protestors also blocked all sorts of vehicular movement. However, those coming for rituals and mical purposed as well as students appearing the ongoing BA/BSc examination were allowed to pass.
Khwaramband Keithel and other business establishment in and around Imphal area down their shutters.
At Keshampat, women protors came out in large number and blocked all sort of vehicular movement. Police team while trying to clear the road fire rounds of tear gas shells. At least two women protestors sustain injury in the police action and both were rushed to RIMS hospital at 3 pm today.
At Uripok, Kangchup road meira paibi and club members even burn tyres and placed poles across the road blocking the road. Meira paibis were seen staging protest at the road side with placards demanding implementation of ILPS as well as punishment of the police officer who had allegedly assaulted a lady protestor. At Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai area in MI road large number supporters blocked all passerby including vehicles of the police personnel as well as the army.
At around 1 pm three army vehicles were forced to turn back by the protestors at Keishamthong Elangbam leikai area. However a Police commando team coming in a gypsy vehicle using loud speaker asked the protestors to let the army passed. As the police shouted using load speakers to allow the army the three army vehicles passed. Later, the irate protestors turn to the police team and confronted for a while and asked them to return back.
At Langjing area too women folk of the area staged protest by blocking the road.
At Thoubal district too the 38 hours cease work agitation has severely affected normal life. Various places including Haokha, Kiyam, Wangjing, Khangabok, Yairipok Machin large number of protestors came out in the street and staged protest blocking the road. 

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