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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By : Wahengbam Tiken

Manipur lifted the 12th Manipur Polo International 2018 by defeating England 7-4 yesterday in a thrilling match yesterday. The match was much more keenly contested than the score line suggests. The English team made the local boys fight for every inch of the field and every goal. Though they might be disappointed at losing today, they should take heart from the fact that they have been making steady progress every year and have made it all the way to the final this time around.
Just 14 seconds into the match, Manipur scored their first goal when P Ojit collected a ball from Kaoba and shot ahead and tapped in. Then in the 2.11th minute, Kaoba intercepted a backhand from Ben Eeley near    the English goal and shot home to make it 2-0. Ben pulled one back for England with a beautiful 60 yards penalty in the 4.53rdminute. Ojit had another good chance of scoring another goal in this chukker but George Amor saved his shot at the goal line. The first chukker ended with Manipur leading 2-1.
Early in the 2nd chukker, Ojit had another golden opportunity to add another goal when he latched on to a missed backhander from Ben Eeley but his shot missed the goal by a whisker . Then in the 2.44th minute, Bimol managed to snatch the ball from George Shelton and shot home stretching the team’s lead to 3-1. In the 3.27th minute George Amor picked up a loose ball and fired in to narrow the lead to one goal. But just when it looked like the English team would catch up, Pradeep came to the party and scored the fourth goal for the host team.
The 3rd chukker was evenly matched and both the teams added two goals each to their tally. But this was not good enough for the English team, taking into account the way the local lads were playing, they needed to narrow down the lead going into the last chukker. For Manipur, Kaoba scored in the 3.06th minute but seconds later Henry Amor scored for England in the 3.27th minute. Then his brother George put in another one to make it 4-5. But Ojit yet again scored for Manipur to maintain a comfortable lead of two goals. The score read 6-4 at the end of the 3rd chukker.
The last chukker also turned out to be very hard fought one. Fortune swung from one side to the other, defense turning into attack and vice versa. It was only towards the end of the chukker that Ojit managed to pick up a pass from Kaoba shot in to score his third goal. Manipur won 7-4 to lift the 12thManipur Polo International 2018.
George Shelton, the English captain despite losing out in the final seemed mighty pleases with his team’s performance in this edition of the Manipur Polo International, “the best year for the team in the history of this tournament”. He considers his team reaching the final a satisfying achievement as they did so after beating USA and Uruguay, two very tough teams. This year’s team, which he says, is the most balanced, “has been learning from its mistakes and tried to improve with every chukker”. He considers all the Manipuri players very dangerous as they can all score goals and Bimol is a great leader at the back. George is also quite impressed with Leishemba, “he is a player to watch out in future”.
“Going into the final, we were quite confident of beating England as we had already beaten them in the league match.” But he conceded that the English team played very well and put up a tough fight. George Shelton according to him had a great match today. Among the teams, Bimol feels that the Americans are fast getting the hang of the Manipuri Ponies. He counts Pedro Lara, Jaun Fernandez and George Amor among those he found most impressive in this tournament. Bimol dedicated this win to the team’s coach, manager, president and other members of MHRPA and his family. 

Friday, 30 November 2018 16:47

AR Organises Security Meet

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Imphal, Nov. 30

Keithelmanbi Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) conducted security meet at Lilong Company Operating Base.  The forum was attended by village Pradhan, ward councilors, youth club ANJUMAN and Meira Paibis. Various issues pertaining to security and maintenance of peace and harmony in the area were discussed during the meeting. Future action plan in respect of civic action projects like medical camps were also discussed.

The villagers thanked the Assam Rifles of providing assistance whenever requested and added that such interactions bring a sense of belongingness and pave the way in achieving all goals to bring peace and harmony in the area. The security meet was concluded with tea and refreshments for all the attendees.

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Imphal, Nov. 30

Assam Rifles in redefining its motto of being the “Sentinels of Northeast” conducted a series of Medical Camps under OP Sadbhavana, in the remote and far flung villages of Khengjoi Sub Division of Chandel district from 25 Nov 2018 to 28 Nov 2018. The series of medical camp was conducted by Moltuk battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (S) to address the medical needs, health issues and life style related problems of the villagers of the remote villages of Songyang, Khangbarol, Moltuk and Parlon wherein approximately 257 villagers including 67 male, 83 female and 107 children were given free medical consultation, diagnosis and medicines.

Moltuk battalion understood the medical needs of these villages, where not even a Primary Health Centre exists and even if, there is any, they are located far away from the reach of these villagers. Further due to the poor road connectivity in these areas majority of the villagers do not go to the hospitals or Primary Health Centre for treatment when they get sick. Hence the team of Moltuk Battalion took initiative to provide medical attention to maximum villagers of these remote and inaccessible villages and conducted the medical camp from 25 Nov to 28 Nov 18. During the camp, the Regimental Medical Officer (RMO) and his medical staff treated the patients and provided free medical consultation on various diseases and health related issues. An awareness campaign and lecture on drug abuse and its adverse effects on society were conducted. During the camps the team of Moltuk Battalion motivated the villagers and youth to animate a healthy life style to lead a happy and ailment free life.

For the social awareness of the locals, the Commanding officer of Moltuk Battalion also interacted with the Chiefs and villagers and guided them on future development and business prospects for the overall development of the region. He also interacted with the youth about various avenues of employment available to them. The Commanding officer also explained various central Government schemes which can be of help in the development of villages. The villagers conveyed their heartfelt gratitude to Moltuk Battalion and Assam Rifles for extending these services and provisioning of free medical treatment and medicines to the isolated and inaccessible villages and expressed their desire to conduct such medical camps in future also.   

Friday, 30 November 2018 16:44

Farewell to Lt Gen LN Singh, VSM**

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Imphal, Nov 30

One of the most distinguished son of Manipur retires from service. Lt Gen LN Singh, VSM**,  the third Lt Gen ever from North East and second from Manipur is hanging up his uniform today after nearly 40 years of glorious services dedicated to the nation. Currently he is the only serving Lt Gen from the North East.
Lt Gen LN Singh, VSM** had his early education from Thingen LP School at Konok Thingen. The school did not have either walls or chairs and tables; the students were required to carry ‘bori’ (gunny bag) to sit upon. His next schools were Gurukul Junior High School and Tombisana High School. He joined Sainik School, Purulia in 1968. Being from a very poor family with 10 siblings, there was no electricity and the house was a thatched hut, with the roofs liking when it rains. Kerosene lamps were used for lighting. Hence, getting up early in the morning for studies was normal.
Being from a Manipuri medium school, when he joined Sainik School, he was absolutely at a lost. In fact, neither could he converse with other students, who were all non- Manipuris, nor understand what was being taught. In fact, in the first monthly test, he managed to score barely 80 marks only out of 800, of this approximately 50 marks were for drawing, thereby, he managed to score 30 out of 700.
However, he worked very hard and eventually did exceedingly well, coming out with flying colours at the end.
In 1975, he joined National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune and finally got commissioned into the army on 09 June 1979 at the age of 20 years only. Those days he could not even cast a vote as the minimum age for voting was 21.
He has served all over India and was in Bhutan for 3 years. He visited Myanmar a number of times since 2001 as a part of our delegation. On 26 February 2010, when the Indian medical mission in Afghanistan was attacked, he led the rescue mission. In fact, Maj (Dr.) Laishram Jotin was martyred during this operation. Lt Gen L N Singh, VSM** was contributed  towards ensuring award of Ashok Chakra to Maj (Dr.) Laishram Jotin.
The general officer and his wife have travelled to nearly 25 countries. The general represented the country in military to military contacts with a number of countries in India’s strategic interest including USA, UK, Afghanistan, Iran, South Africa, Myanmar, Bhutan, Bangladesh, China amongst others.
He contributed in bringing peace to Assam and was deeply involved in accords with the Bodos and ULFA.
He is a thinking General.  As the senior most officer of his Corps, he contributed to reforming and revamping the security and intelligence set up of the country. He is diligent, mature and  passionate of task assigned to him. He is extremely honest and his integrity is beyond doubt. He runs his organisation well and is very popular with all his co-workers. He can work nearly 13 to 15 hours a day, sleeping/ resting barely 5 to 6 hours and normally gets up at 4 am in the morning. His biggest assets is his ability to visualise the future scenerio through a thorough SWOT ( Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Weakness) analysis.
During his long career of 40 years in the Army, the General has carried out in a number of operational and sensitive assignments.  He is an expert in the field of Intelligence and Security, besides he has an in-depth knowledge of China, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Pakistan and North East. He has vast experience in teaching, training and handling of educational institutions.  For the last five years, he has been the head of a World class premier educational institute of the Army, where professional and fresher from India and foreign countries were imparted basic and advance military education. He has also served as a professor in Army War College and also in Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan.
His a nationalist and in his spare time he has been doing social work and contributing as a think-tank for the betterment of the society.  After his retirement, his 40 years of experience in the Army should be utilized for the Nation specially for the betterment of North East and Manipur.
Post retirement, he has declined offers from Multinational Companies as he intends settling down in Manipur but he has no house and is planning to stay on rent. His expertise and experience could be fruit fully utilize by the central and state government for the betterment of the state and society.

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