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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Guwahati, Dec 16,


 Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) appreciates President of India, Ram Nath Kovind for honouring personally a group of INA (Indian National Army/ Azad Hind Fauj) veterans during his recent visit to Myanmar  and continues its old demand to preserve  all historical ruins related to India’s freedom struggles in the neighbouring country.

It may be noted that President  Kovind in his 10-14 December Myanmar visit  felicitated nine surviving INA veterans, now living in Yangon, oldest one among them was KA Perumal, who is around  90 years old. It is for the first time, Union government in New Delhi  has taken an initiative to honour those non-resident INA veterans.

The Assam based nationalist forum earlier appealed to the Head of the State for pursuing his counterpart U Win Myint in NayPyiTaw and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to  preserve all monuments relating to the glorious freedom movement including the INA  headquarter in Yangon

(formerly Rangoon) city.

“Myanmar (earlier Burma) played an important role in our freedom movement as many legendary Indian leaders either took shelter or imprisoned in the southeast Asian country by the British colonial administration,” said a PPFA statement adding that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose later shifted the INA headquarter from Singapore to Rangoon and fought against the imperialist forces with his 40,000 valiant soldiers from the soil of Burma.

The PPFA however  expressed apprehensions that the rampant construction activities in various parts of Myanmar might have destroyed most of the historical ruins including the INA building in Yangon. So it urges the Union government to continue pursuing with Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, whose father General Aung San was a close friend of Netaji Subhas, for her personal initiative to preserve those Indian heritages.


Sunday, 16 December 2018 17:16

Free Health Camp at Huishu Village

IT News
Imphal, Dec16,

A team of Royal Riders Manipur (RRM) organised a free health camp at  Huishu village in Ukhrul district which is about 65 kilometer from the district head quarters.
A total of 130 villagers were attended in the health check-up camp.  4 persons from the neighbour country Myanmar were also attended in the free health camp.
Huishu village headman Ngazek A shimary while welcoming the Samaritan service of the RRM team said that even though government had turned blind to the problem of the village they are blessed with the service of the RRM team.
Imphal Times –November 19, 2018 issue had reported that Health care service is a joke, and government run education institution like Primary school and secondary school are just for name sake in the village called Huishui Village of Ukhrul district.

IT News
Imphal, Dec 16,

After inaugurating a 10 bedded AYUSH hospital at Kamphasom in Ukhrul district yesterday evening, Health Minister, L. Jayentakumar today opened a free diagnostic center at Ukhrul District Hospital today morning. Speaking on the occasion Jayentakumar said that the state health department putting all its labour to provide the best health care facilities in the state.
When it comes to health care service , Ukhrul district is not less than any other district, the Minister stated.
“The newly open free diagnostic center will be able to provide facilities to people of Ukhrul district and its surrounding to diagnose the disease at free of cost”, the Health Minister said.
Stating that the government is trying to reach out all people of the state to provide the best health care service by opening health and wellness centre at interior villages of the state, Jayentakumar added that even as health care centers at many district still lacks doctors, the government is sorting out the difficulties of the public by posting at least one require doctors.
The Health Minister also added that the government now have programme to open free health care service at Primary health Centers.
On the occasion, the health Minister also handed over one Ultrasound Machine and X-Ray Machine to the district hospital authority.
While, inaugurating the 10 bedded AYUSH Hospital at Kamphasomg, Health Minister Jayentalumar stated that the region has rich medicinal plants which are an alternative medicine. He appealed the farmers to research more for plantation of medicinal value plant to treatment of the people.
The Minister also assured to sent all the require manpower for the hospital at the earliest possible time.

IT News

Imphal, Dec 16,

The Kuki National Organisation has urged the Chief Minister of Manipur for non-inclusion of Kuki ancestral lands in the NSCN (IM) ‘Framework Agreement’.

The historical account of our ancestral lands with respect to Chassad (Kmjong), Laijang (Tamenglong), Mongkotjang (Noney) and Phoibung (Senapati) is being claimed by the KNO to be the ancestral land of Kuki . 

A memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister of Manipur stated that the Kuki Land should not be covered under the Frame work agreement of the NSCN IM.

Regarding  Chassad (Kamjong), the KNO stated that  in AD 33, two Kuki chiefs, Kuki Achouba and Kuki Ahongba were allies of Pakhangba, the Meitei king. Khaba-Nangba, the younger twin brothers of NongbaLairen Pakhangba contested the right to ascend the throne. Having failed, the brothers fled to the Highlands, the abode of Kuki, known to Meitei as Chingburoi. The descendants of Khaba-Nganba settled at HundungKhullen and HundungKhonou and Ningthi, which is in Kamjong district.  

In 1985, NSCN (IM) and PLA met at Hundung, where they feasted and exchanged gifts. For the record, our Meitei brothers must not confuse Tangkhul and the descendants of Khaba- Nganba. Tangkhul people are from Somra Tract in Myanmar (Burma) and are a different ethnic entity from Meitei and Kuki.  

HundungKhullen, HundungKhunou and Ningthi constitute Kamjong, land of Chingburoi, where Khaba-Ngaba settled. These areas must not be included in the NSCN (IM) and Government of India ‘framework agreement’ and become part of Nagalim. 

Besides the New Kukis, the other kindred Old Kuki clans people of Chassad are Mongmi and Kharan (both ethnically Maring), Lairam (Lai people) and Kharam. The Tangkhul people from Somra Tract in present-day Myanmar (Burma) often raided Mongmi, Kharan, Kamo, Lairam (Lai people) and Kharam, who were then protected by the chief of Chassad and received tax and tributes.

Regarding  Laijang (Tamenglong) and Mongkotjang (Noney) the KNOstated that

The Zeimi, Liangmei, Rongmei and Paomei people, who comprise Zalienrong of present-day Tamenglong are of ethnic Kuki-Chin stock. In days gone by, the Sukte Poi and Lusei people of Chin Hills and present-day Mizoram drove them to Churachandpur, Tamenglong and Sinjol, Sailhem and Bombal villages of Peren District of Nagaland. The Kuki chiefs, prominently Pu JamchungnungSingson chief of Khongjang and his son Pu NgullenSingson; chief of Jampi, and chief of Laijang fought back Sukte Poi and Lusei, and gave shelter to Zaliengrong people and settled them in Kuki ancestral land, and received tax and tributes. Pu Manga Singson narrated the bravery of his grandfather, the Chief of Khongjang, whose army consisted of 80 strong bachelors aged 50 years, plus hundreds of young men. They fought the Suhte Poi and Lusei people at GALKAPKOT, situated in south Churachandpur district of Manipur.  

Over the years, however, generations of Zaliengrong that followed, not recalling the relations with Kukis resented the practice of tax and tributes, and were loyal to the British in the Anglo-Kuki War, 1917-1919. Later, they became instruments of NSCN (IM) against Kukis and demanded tax. Nevertheless, just as oil and water cannot mix, they soon realised that they are not secure under NSCN (IM) and to assert their independence formed the Zalienrong United Front.

 According to Pu Ngurdola, in Tripura, the Langrong, Ranglong or ChoraiKukis are known as Zaliengrong in Tamenglong and Noney districts of Manipur, Peren District of Nagaland and North Cachar Hills in Assam.  

The statement also said that the Zaliengrong people recall their origins and recite, 






Which literary meaning is “ When kids got hungry they sang this song to their grandma asking for food, thinking the tiffin they brought from Singlung, China was still there”. 

Given the fact that Zaliengrong are ethnic Kuki-Chin group, Noney district and Tamenglong district must not be included in the NSCN (IM) framework agreement. They must remain a part of Manipur.   

Regarding the  Paomei People of Phoibung (Senapati) the KNO stated that the Paomei people of Senapati (formerly Phoibu) are also part of the Kuki-Chin group, like Zalienrong. The Suhte Poi and Lushei (Mizo) also forced them out, but the Kuki chiefs fought back them and settled the Paomei in Kuki ancestral land known as Phoibung, which was changed to Senapati. The people of village Yangkholen in Senapati district are Tuboi Kuki. The wave of Nagaisation led to forced assimilation of Paomei and Tuboi Kuki to Naga. Their lands are part of Kuki ancestral lands.

The memorandum submitted was signed by PS Haokip, President, Kuki National Organisation


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