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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. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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PA Sangma assures to give Rs 10 lacs for CCpur

 Former Lok Shaba speaker PA Sangma on Friday assured to pay Rs 10 lakhs for the affected families of the recent floods and landslides in Churachandpur district of Manipur.
Sangma, who is also the chairman of North East MP’s Forum told the leaders of Manipur Tribals Forum, Delhi, that he is willing to help the tribal people whatever possible he can.
The forum leaders comprised Romeo Hmar, Mavio, Timothy Chongthu, Vipui and Lalbruce, had accompanied a noted social worker from Churachandpur Mr C T Lian Guite, who is also a Member of Churachandpur Autonomous District Council, Manipur.
CT Lian, who brought this policy, said that till today many families who were living hand-to-mouth suffered for the past two months. They are mostly suffering now.
“I will send the cheque by Tuesday or Wednesday,” Sangma said.
He added: “I was thinking where to send the money, I did not want to give it to the Manipur government, it might not reach to the people”.
The amount will be handed over to ADCC and which will be channelized by CT Lian in collaboration with the Manipur Tribals Forum Delhi.
The Forum also had a consultative meeting with Delegates of Churachandpur ADC in New Delhi on Friday. It was resolved that both will work together for the betterment of the tribals in Manipur.
In the meantime, the Manipur Tribals Forum Delhi expressed that any organization from Tribals of Manipur who came to Delhi for political or current issue must to consult them (MTFD) in order to have a consistent demand for the tribals.

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BRO must incorporate latest technologies for construction of Roads, Bridges And Tunnels – Manohar Parrikar

By: Lt. Col Ajay Kumar Sharma
PRO Defence
The Defence Minister Shri ManoharParrikar has emphasized the need to incorporate the latest technologies in solving the challenges and enhancing the pace of construction of roads, bridges and tunnels in the inaccessible and far-flung border areas, which is a major problem faced by Border Roads Organisation (BRO). He was addressing the inaugural function of a two-day ‘International Seminar on New Construction Materials Techniques and Design in Bridge, Tunnel and Road Construction Suitable for Infrastructure Development in Inaccessible Border Area’ at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt, today. The Minister said, construction materials which behave normal in plain areas may not be conducive in the extreme cold climate of high altitude areas. He stressed the need for the application of nanotechnology which will be of great use in soil stabilisation, being a pre-requisite for construction of roads and tunnels in such areas. ShriParrikar appreciated the efforts of BRO for introduction of latest technologies for improving the efficacy and pace of construction in the various projects undertaken by the organisation. The Minister also released a souvenir on the occasion. The seminar is being organised by BRO in partnership with Indian Institution of Bridge Engineers, Delhi State Centre (IIBE, DSC) and in collaboration with Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, National Highways Authority of India, Central Public Works Department and Ministry of Railways.
Speaking on the occasion the Director General Border Roads Lt Gen RM Mittal said road construction has become very vital in infrastructure development of the country. He said for enhancing its efficacy the BRO has not only imparted training to its officers in India and abroad to hone their skills, but also has introduced new technologies in the construction of roads, bridges and tunnels in the recent months. 
The aim of this seminar is to evaluate and identify latest techniques and construction materials for building roads, bridges and tunnels, thereby enhancing the speed of the construction and to meet the strategic needs of the Army in border areas. It will also address the issues pertaining to the regulatory mechanism and procedural hurdles for enhancing the use of latest technologies and materials in the construction industry. Chairman of IIBE, DSC Lt Gen (Retd) AK Puri and Managing Director of Tandon Consultants Pvt. Ltd Prof. Mahesh Tandon also addressed the gathering.
Later the Defence Minister visited the exhibition stalls set up by various engineering companies displaying their products.

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Naga Peace Accord just a framwork - Rijiju

Union Home Minister of State Kiran Rijiju today said that people of the state need not to be apprehensive about the Naga accord signed between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM as the accord is just a framework agreement with no specified details. He said tha accord will not affect the neighbouring states of Nagaland. The Union Home Minister along with the DoNER Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh was in Imphal on few hour visit to take stock of the damage cause by the recent flood and landslide at different part of the state particularly Chandel and Thoubal district. Before leaving Imphal, Rijiju had briefed the media persons at Imphal Tulihal Airport. To a question on why the government of India did not revealed the agreement signed between the government of India and NSCN-IM, Rijiju said that the agreement signed was a historic one however as of now the agreement is just a framework and the details need not announced until the final structure has been framed.
“When you strife for peace you also should be careful about all the stakeholders and their sentiments”, Rijiju said.
He further added that when a detail structure of the framework has to be finalised then the sentiments of the surrounding state cannot be by-passed.
“It will be for the interest of the whole region and not merely for a community”, said the Union Home Minister of State.
Rijiju however said that while making a deal for peace the government have to compromise into some but without bypassing the sentiments of others.

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Unless we receive a concrete proposal from the state government, nothing can be done - Rijiju

Union Home Minister of state, Kiran Rijiju, during his few hours visit to Manipur has said that central government have nothing to do with the present agitation in the state demanding implementation of inner line permit system, unless the central government received a concrete proposal from the government of Manipur.
“Unless we get a concrete proposal from the state government nothing can be done”, said Kiran Rijiju while replying to reporters’ query at Imphal Tulihal Airport today morning.
Throwing the ball to the state government regarding the ongoing protest, the Home Minister said that the state government can implement their own legislation for the convenience of administration within the ambit of the state government. However, if the legislation overlaps with the central government than the central government have to look over it.
Rijiju also reacted to the recent remark made by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh for abolishing of the Inner Line Permit System from all the states of India. The Union Minister of State said that there are various laws in India still in use after independence. The uniqueness of the various communities needs to be look after.
Regarding the mass agitation Rijiju said that it is the democratic rights of the people to protest. He said if the illegal migrants are threats to the people then he would look forwards for certain internal mechanism to strengthen the existing system to control the influx.

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