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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IT News
Imphal, Dec 31,

Pioneer investigative Journalist NK. Sanajaoba was remembered and paid fitting tribute on his 82nd Birth Anniversary at Lamyanba Sanglen, Palace Compound in Imphal East.
On the occasion, Sh.Shamu, Vice-chairman of the organising committee in his keynote address gave a brief history of NK Sanajaoba.
Nk.Sanajaoba was born on Dec 30, 1936 at Singjamei Wangma Kshetri Leikai Imphal .He was the son of Nk.Ibocha and Muktarei. He started his schooling from Troban Kshetri Leikai Jr High school, later he studied at Raja Dumber school and completed his matriculation in 1956 under Guwahati University. After that he completed intermediate and graduation from DM college Imphal. At the DM college he was elected as students representative as Megazine secy of the college. During his college days he met Arambam Somarendra , Nongmeitham Pahari.
During his college days in 1955, NK Sanajoaba met captain LH Harnett as NCC instructor. Arambam Somarendra, Nongmeithem Pahari and Nk Sanajaoba were the students of captain Hernett. During NCC time the essence of Nationalism was sown to the pioneer journalist. On 24 November 1964 a revolutionary group called UNLF was formed under their leadership. Nk.Sanajaoba was a member of the central committee. He played a big role in the organisation of UNLF at both Hill and Plain.
NK Sanajaoba was the first Editor of Pan Manipur Youth League (PANMYL) monthly journal Lamyanba . Through Lamyanba he exposed wrongs of the government and for that he was detent in jailed many times.

IT News
Imphal,  Dec 31,

Socialist Students’ Union Manipur (SSUM) in a statement slammed the government of Manipur over its attitude toward the education sector. The press statement signed by its President S. Yaima Meetei said that the people of Manipur knew that the Education system prevailing in the state is in a big mess and also there is no visible indications which address this issue by the government.
They believe that the first thing to be done to improve a society is to improve its educational sectors. It also added that poor infrastructure of the schools, lack of teachers, unavailability of books; irregular monthly salaries of the teachers are some of the problems of the government schools.
When inspecting the various schools by SSUM saddened cries which were heard from most of the students is that “they want to learn, give us teachers”.  They also came to know that many of the government schools have a huge imbalance of students and teachers ratio and lacks of proper classrooms and non teaching staffs.
On the other hand government schools from Lower Primary to high School which are situated in the Imphal area don’t have proper students. Most of the schools have more number of teachers than the students. And also many schools which lack students are residing in 0km radius. So the government needs to make immediate policies to combine the schools having minimal students residing in 0km radius and also to send teachers to the places where they need it the most, it added.
Regarding the change in academic atmosphere where there Is a trend of going to Private tuition and coaching centre, SSUM finds that the infrastructures and the exceeding number of students in a class is unsatisfactory. Unfortunately they also discover certain coaching centers where there are no separate toilets for boys and girls. In the release SSUM claims that they will look into the matter of Tuition and Coaching centers from the coming years.
Further the Student organization wishes New Year greetings to the people of Manipur and especially the students and also wishes the students a success for all those who are preparing for the upcoming Class 10 and 12. And show gratitude to the teachers and believe that the teachers of the state focus on the Modification of Behaviors of the students.

IT News
Imphal, 31 Dec

Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) is all set to launch a mass campaign for mass reformation with primary focus in Education Sector in the state from next year.
President of DESAM Salam Akash in a meeting with the media persons at its temporary head Quarter at Sagolband Meino Leirak in connection with its annual Program “ Meet the Media Fraternity” announced that the mass campaign will be launched next year, i.e. 2019.
Akash give a dig on the present education system and its curriculum by questioning the contents of histories and other elements of the indigenous culture and people in the syllabus of the students.
DESAM appealed social organizations, and media fraternities to help in the campaign of reviving the government schools and in reviving the model schools which will improve the economy of various families. He added that DESAM will continue to support the demand of Pre-merger political status, the campaign of Schedule Tribe Demand committee and any issues relating to the development including self determination of the people of the state.
“Media and civil societies has a big role to play in bringing harmony of our deeply conflict rooted society and there is a need to cleanse such conflict”, a ANSAM leader who also took part in the gathering said..
Ex President of DESAM, Angamba says that the program ‘Meet the Media fraternity’ has been doing since the inception of DESAM. He added that the media has been playing a huge role in changing the socio political economy of the state and they also recognize the contribution of the media in such a conflict ridden states of state and non state actors. Finally he thanked the media fraternity for the covering many activities in their campaign for quality education of the state.

Monday, 31 December 2018 16:53

UNMM condoles

IT News
Imphal, Dec 31,

The United NGOs mission Manipur (UNMM) expressed its deep condolence over the sudden demise of Pu Thangkhosei Haokip, KUMPIPA, Kuki Inpi  on December 28.  
UNMM said that it acknowledged and appreciated for the able leadership of the departed soul to work with us in our common journey for sustainable peace and reconciliation in Manipur.
“He was very dedicated and notable leader who always stand for honesty, integrity, hard work and welfare. He was also very genuine leader who always worked across the ethnic communities and NGOs of the state for strengthening relationship for peaceful co-existence and mutual respect among the kuki, Meitei and other.
The untimely demise of Pu Thangkhosei Haokip is not only irreparable loss to kuki community but also for the people in Manipur and North East india.

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