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, Dec. 20

As part of the series of review meetings planned for different Government Departments, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh chaired a joint review meeting of the Directorate of Trade Commerce and Industries and the Directorate of Handloom and Textiles at Chief Minister’s Secretariat yesterday.
Principal Secretary (Textiles, Commerce and Industries) P. Vaiphei presented a detailed account of varied activities, achievements and issues of the two directorates through a PowerPoint presentation at the meeting.
Vaiphei said that the State will host the World Bamboo Workshop, 2019 under the slogan, ‘Breaking the challenges of bamboo for a better future’ from February 4 to 8 next year. Chief Ministers of all the North East States would grace the opening function of the workshop, he said.
Efforts are being made to revive Jiribam Tea Estate having a total area of 1100 acres. Manipur Industrial Development Corporation Limited (MANIDCO) has submitted an estimate of Rs. 194.10 lakh for boundary fencing of the estate to check illegal encroachment.
The Chief Minister instructed the authority concerned to take up immediate steps for boundary fencing and eviction of illegal encroachments. Advisor to Chief Minister Rajat Sethi, who was also present at the meeting, suggested the officials to explore ways to rope in private companies as well in reviving the tea estate.
N. Biren Singh asked the officials of the Department to present a detailed presentation of the present status of the Government’s plan on the revival of Loitang Khunou Spinning Mill in the next meeting. He also instructed them to come up with the total project cost, number of jobs to be created by the project, types of machinaries to be used etc.
He also directed to convene a meeting on December 29 to discuss the present scenario of Indo-Myanmar trade at Moreh. The meeting will be chaired by the Chief Minister, and high ranking officials from Trade Commerce and Industries, Finance and representatives from Border Trade and Chamber of Commerce, Moreh will take part.
Continuing his presentation, P. Vaiphei informed that the State Government has received approval in principle from the Government of India regarding seeking loan from NABARD for the construction of warehouses in Bishnupur, Churachandpur, Ukhrul, Imphal East and Tamenglong Districts. The total project cost is Rs. 3851.13 lakh.
The Department has also submitted a proposal for the development of salt springs in the State at an estimated cost of Rs. 12,435.33 lakh. In addition to the existing industrial estates located at Takyelpat (Imphal East District), Tera Urak (Bishnupur District) and Kuraopokpi (Thoubal District), efforts are being made to open industrial estates in all the remaining districts as well with the funds from Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and North Eastern Council (NEC).
Phase-I of the Power Loom Estate developed at Lamboikhongnangkhong having 100 power looms is ready for inauguration. On the other hand, Ministry of Textiles has approved in principle to develop Handloom Park at Thongju in Imphal East District at Rs.9.04 crore. The Chief Minister directed the officials concerned to take up necessary steps to use garments manufactured in the State only in stitching of school uniform from the next academic session.
Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Principal Secretary (Finance) Rakesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary (Sericulture) Vumlunmang Vualnam, Director (Commerce and Industries) C. Arthur Worchuiyo, Director (Handlooms and Handicrafts) Lamlee Kamei, Director (Sericulture), Salam Kunjakishore were also present at the meeting.

IT News
Kangpokpi, Dec 20,

 Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister, Nemcha Kipgen has stated that only through love, peace and unity, our state will witness overall development. This was expressed by the Minister while addressing as a Chief Guest at the Golden Jubilee Celebration and Church building inauguration of Sipijang Baptist Church at Kangpokpi. Nemcha felt that as love and charity starts within the family then it spread across others outside the family, it is indeed the time for all to forgiveand forget any misunderstandings. When one feels peace with oneself, one will feel peaceful towards all. Only then, the Golden Jubilee celebration as well as the inauguration of the new church building would serve its purpose, she added.As our state, Manipur is inhabited by people from different communities and ethnic groups, Minister Nemcha appeal all the people not to communalize any issues or resort to any forms of protest or agitation but solve any problems with a peaceful approach of love through dialogs and discussions.Regarding the under-construction tower that lies within the church premises, Minister Nemcha assured that she will extend assistance from her end to make sure it gets completed before new year.As part of the occasion, Golden Jubilee monolith was also unveiled by Minister Nemcha Kipgen. Hon’ble MDC EM,  Lunthang Haokip and I.R.S. Rtd. Saitu Inpipu, Tongmang Haokip also graced the occasion as President and Guest of Honour

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 17:16

Contaminating self

With the increasing pace of life and the corresponding increase in social as well as work pressures, food habits of the people around the world have taken a hit for the worse. The most glaring evidence of this unfortunate changing trend is the gradual increase in the number of fast-food joints and ready-to-eat snack bars as well as local kiosks catering to the public with mostly fried stuffs to satiate the hunger instantaneously. Food that can be had on the go is being preferred over those which are healthy and wholesome but takes time to prepare. However, there is also an increasing awareness amongst the conscious and connected public cutting across age groups and professions regarding the need to inculcate a good dietary habit in order to combat the increasing stress and strains of our daily life. The general consensus amongst the conscious eaters is that fruits and vegetables play a vital role in maintaining the health and even reversing the harmful effects of work and environment.

A very disturbing news doing the rounds about some unscrupulous elements using unfair and potentially harmful methods of ripening fruits in the state have however put a question mark on the safety and reliability of the food products being sold in the state. However, the incident should not come as a surprise to many as the practice has been carried on for decades without any significant restrictions or objections from the authorities. The failure of those authorized and entrusted to ensure the safety and usability of foodstuffs for so long have only emboldened these elements who would not think twice about using any and all means at their disposal, fair or foul to speed up their earnings.

The menace of food adulteration and indiscriminate use of chemicals to either speed up the ripening process or to slow down the rate of decomposition is not confined to fruits alone. If anybody would care to recollect, there had been news of farmers using chemicals to increase their products both in size as well as quantity, or even halt the process of decomposition by using formaldehyde as reported in the case of fishes being brought into the state. On the other hand, there is also the disturbing report of plastic rice and even eggs being dumped into the country. While most of the chemicals used for such purposes such as Calcium Carbide have been banned by the government, their use is still rampant. There is still the danger of misusing those chemicals which are still not banned such as Ethylene (if used within certain limits) as there is every chance of the chemical being abused in the mad rush for quicker profit.

Today, the threat of harmful chemicals contaminating our foods on a daily basis is a very real and disconcerting one, and such practice cannot be allowed to propagate and continue any longer. However, the issue is a complex one especially in a state like Manipur where the mechanism to ensure safety of food is almost absent as of now, and any means or effort to check such unfair practices requires the combined involvement of the whole community, government agencies, policymakers, fruit-sellers, farmers, scientists and consumers to find an effective solution to this matter. Meanwhile, the best and most satisfying option is to start our own fruit and vegetable garden.

IT News
Imphal, Dec 19,

Seniority lists of the Section Officers Grade –I (Civil Engineering) of the state Public Works Department (PWD) prepared by the Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC) turns out to be a flop show as the department promoted 10 of them to Assistant Engineers (AEs) by skipping the senior SOs.
As per source with the Imphal Times;  of the 92 Grade -1, Section Officers (Civil Engineering) whose seniority lists has been prepared by the MPSC, serial number 3, 8,9,10, 12, 15, 21, 24, 29 and 89 were promoted to Assistant Engineers in Charge this December. The Promotion order was released separately for every SOs and one among them was released on December 15, 2018. The order was signed by Sheikh Abdul Hakim, Under Secretary Works, Govt. of Manipur. Source also added that the recommendations for promotion of the SOs were done by the PWD Minister.
The nature of promotion of the SOs to AEs by skipping the seniority list prepared by the MPSC showed some sort of discrepancies. Questions were being asked on the value of the Seniority list prepared by the MPSC. If the Seniority list is to be of no used in the line of promotion it is a waste for the MPSC to prepare the seniority list.   

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