Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 25+ 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. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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Imphal, Sept 28:

A combined team of state security forces hunting the culprits involved in the killing of Athuan Abonmai today raided a hideout of the NSCN-IM cadres located around 7 KM south from the Tamenglong district headquarters. A source said that the combined police team after getting specific information cordoned and raided the area from 3 am and continue the raid till 7.30 am today. During the raid, flags of NSCN-IM, uniform, and other incriminating documents were reportedly recovered. However, some six to seven cadres who were present there escape as the security force approach taking advantage of the darkness as well as the hilly terrain.
Meanwhile, the state police team arrested 2 suspects in connection with the brutal murder of the former president of Zelianrong Baudi, yesterday. Both were produced before the Chief Judicial magistrate Tamenglong and the court granted 9 (nine) days remand in police custody for further investigation today, even as the police remanded for 15 (fifteen) days.
The accused namely Ponthanlung Panmei @ Paul (47) yrs S/o Langai Panmei of Konthoujam Miming Tribal Colony; and Lanchapou Bosco Gonmei (48) yrs S/o. (L) Gaikhangsingpou Gonmei of Langol Laimanai were arrested following investigations by the police team after Arai Abonmai, son of the deceased filed zero FIR at Lamphel Police station.
The accused persons were produced through video conference due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has seriously affected the State of Manipur.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 17:36

CM announces Super IAS 500 Program

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Imphal, Sept 28: 

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today officially announced the Super IAS 500, a scholarship programme for deserving and talented IAS aspirants of Manipur at a solemn function held at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The Scholarship worth Rs. 2.8 crore for face-to-face IAS coaching had been taken up under Chief Minister’s Scholarship Scheme for Civil Services Aspirants.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri N. Biren expressed satisfaction on the selection of six candidates from the State in the Civil Service Examination, 2020 conducted by Union Public Service Commission. He stated that the Super IAS 500 Program would provide benefit to many civil service aspirants of the state as they need not go outside the State to join coaching classes incurring large amounts of money. Face-to-face coaching facilities by best IAS mentors from Alternative Learning System (ALS), Delhi would be conducted at the State Academy Training (SAT), Takyelpat with sponsorship from the State Government, he added.
The Chief Minister informed that the first phase of coaching class would commence from 8th November this year and continue till 30th April, 2022. And those aspirants, who cleared the Civil Service Preliminary Examination to be held on 5th June, 2022 would be further availed with free Mains Crash Course and Test Series for Mains examinations commencing from 10th June to 14th August, 2022. 
He also informed that the Government was planning to construct a permanent complex with hostel accommodation for conducting coaching classes for UPSC examinations.
National Sales Head, ALS Prateek Bhattacharya, while addressing the media, announced an additional Scholarship worth Rs. 1.1 crore for VSAT IAS Coaching under ALS IAS Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative for Youth of Manipur for 300 IAS Aspirants under various Scholarship slabs. He also informed that a Mega IAS Scholarship Exam will be conducted on 24th October in Imphal, Churachandpur and Ukhrul. The top 200 rank of the Scholarship Exam would be benefited with 100% scholarship from the Government of Manipur and they would be given face to face classes at SAT. And those from 201 to 500 ranks would be availed scholarships of varying percentages ranging from 40% to 75% by ALS Institute depending on their ranks.
Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen, Chairman, Loktak Development Authority L. Sushindro, Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board L. Rameshwor, Commissioner (Higher and Technical Education) M. Harekrishna and Director, Education (U) Rangitabali Waikhom also attended the programme.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 17:36

Setting agenda for the melee

The intensifying vitriolic outbursts and counter-accusations heralding the onset of election fever in the state have acquired a more-than-usual colourful hue with a palpable sense of eagerness by the public to bring in a change from the political rut and misgovernance the state has evidently slipped into. The present ruling state government has displayed its inability to put the business of the state in order in almost every aspect, and despite repeated terms in office which should have given them enough acumen and experience to avoid unnecessary and unwanted scandals and public outrages, things are getting worse on the contrary. Every single welfare scheme or development projects have been mired in controversies and muddy transactions- so much so that the long-suffered public have started to take these administrative aberrations as a necessity evil, having given up whatever was remaining of the hopes and expectations from previous terms of office by the party. That there is an increased sense of desperation amongst the ruling political heavyweights of the state can be gauged by their increasingly acerbic accusations and counter-claims towards the resurgent oppositions. The political mud-slinging is set to intensify in the coming months and the public who are on the receiving end have to endure yet another round of political din and confusing cacophony.
Yet for all the endearing display of concern for the public by the rulers as well as the contenders, precious little has been put into practice to show for it. It is very well to debate and denounce the ignorance or inaction of the state parties about the framework agreement at the centre between a terrorist-turned wannabe political group and the government, but the real concern of the majority of the public who still have to worry about their immediate future and monetary avenues on a daily basis have been sidelined. Bandhs, blockades, public curfews, general strikes, economic blockades, lockdowns, agitations, rallies, relay strikes and hunger strikes, pen-downs and chaka bandhs- you name it, it will once ore happened in Manipur. More often than not, such disruptions are announced by various parties for issues both genuine and imagined concurrently for want of a vacant day to take out their protest or display their displeasure with the government by themselves. Is this the result of a protracted blunder and deliberate mismanagement of government resources by those in power, or a manifestation of the growing awareness and increasing participation of the public in politics and public governance? Why is the state government still bungling over matters as routine as employment, appointments and execution of schemes and projects?
It is a given that those in positions of power and influence will have had their share of the pie any which way. What is still confounding the gullible public is the abject failure of the much experienced ruling party to execute even the most mundane task till now. On the other hand, what is causing concern for the same public is the resurgent opposition who are increasingly displaying signs of a vindictive and rhetoric policy in tune with those spearheading the political onslaught- characters who have been tested and found wanting in their not-so-distant political avatars. Meanwhile, the public is left to fend for themselves amongst the bandhs, potholes, towering garbage piles and gnarly traffic.

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Imphal, Sept 28: 

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh stated that the State Government would pay no heed to any obstruction, raised by self interest groups, while working for the welfare of its people. He made the statement while attending a Grand Loan Distribution Mela under North East Economic Revival Plan organised by the State Bank of India, Imphal Region at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
The Chief Minister further stated that the Government would continue its Go to Hills 2.0 in all districts of the State and take up developmental programmes to bring inclusive progress in all sectors. He added that the Government had been concentrating on import and export of certain consumables and had started taking up steps for import substitution to make the State self-reliant. Construction of certain check dams and tube-wells was in progress and once the construction got completed, farmers in the state would be able to practice double cropping thereby increasing their production, he added.
N. Biren informed that a combined team consisting of representatives of State Government and State Bank of India would be constituted to conduct a survey on various Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) operating in the State. The team would collect data and analyse on whether an MSME unit had already availed loan, needed financial support, or advised on what could be done for growth and expansion of the unit, he continued.  Regarding the loan distribution mela of State Bank of India, he informed that the target for the same was to provide loans to 10,000 beneficiaries incurring an amount of Rs. 22 crore for the financial year and out of the targeted beneficiaries, loan for around 450 had been sanctioned so far. 
 Stating that the Government aimed to provide services for better health of all people, he announced that a scheme for doorstep health testing service would be launched soon. Under the scheme, free health testing service would be made available to everyone and medicines would be provided free of cost to those with minor health problems under Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana. Apart from this, Ayushman Bharat and Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang cards would also be distributed to eligible beneficiaries if they had not availed the same, he added.
He appealed to the public to avail benefits of loan from the bank if the latter had any plan to carry out income generating activities. He also expressed his desire to improve the living conditions of every poor household of the State.
Addressing the gathering, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India (SBI), North East Circle R.S. Ramesh expressed that the SBI was privileged to enhance the credit flow of Manipur as a part of the North East Economic Revival Plan. He continued that 414 beneficiaries had been identified under PM Street Vendor’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi (PM-SVANidhi), Agriculture and MSME beneficiaries under MUDRA etc., with a total amount of RS. 11.34 crore. He added that such distribution of loans would help in employment and income generation in the State. 
During the function, 104 beneficiaries were provided loans with varying amounts of Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 5,00,000.
Education Minister Sorokhaibam Rajen, Agriculture Minister Oinam Lukhoi, Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Commissioner (Vety & AH) H. Gyan Prakash, officials of SBI and beneficiaries attended the programme among others.

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