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 27,

 Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu conferred the award of Champions of Change 2018 to the  Chief Minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh today at an event organised at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi, for exemplary leadership for bringing about transformation in governance in the State of Manipur.
The other prominent awardees include Union Minister of State for Food Processing, Shri Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat and Member of Parliament, Shri Nishikant Dubey. The award was constituted to identify remarkable progress made in 115 Aspirational Districts whose development in being monitored by NITI Aayog.
Manipur was recognised for all round development on various parameters in its aspirational district Chandel, a rare feat among all other states of India. With concerted and collaborative efforts of the State Government, district administration and various Ministries of the Government of India, Chandel district has achieved saturation in several national programmes. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, Unnat Jyoti (LED) Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jen Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and Mission Indradhanush.
The award selection jury was led by former Chief Justice of India, K.G. Balakrishnan. The other jury members include Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra, former Supreme Court Judge; Dr. S.Y. Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India; Shri Sonal Mansingh, Padma Vibhushan; Shri Anil Kumar Sinha, Former CBI Director; Shri Pahlaj Nihalani, former Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification; Shri Yaduvendra Mathur, Additional  Secretary, NITI Aayog and Shri Amit Bajaj, President, Aditya Birla Group.
The event was attended by eminent jurists, journalists, politicians, social leaders, artists, film makers etc. The event was attended by approximately 1000+eminent personalities.
In his speech, Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu lauded the changes brought about in Manipur within a very short period of time. He also stressed that in order to transform India, development has to be made into a people’s movement. He also hailed the efforts of bureaucracy who has been backbone of the progress made in the country. VP Shri Naidu remembered the contribution made by Late Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee for making governance core of politics, a vision that has been taken forward under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
The award is an initiative of the Interactive Forum on Indian Economy, a Government of India recognised NGO.

IT News
Imphal, Dec 27,

Some villages and churches in Manipur celebrates the Christmas, the greatest festival of Christians in an environment friendly manner this time.
This was evident in Vakho, a small village having around 300 households located in Manipur’s Senapati district headquarters about 60 km north of Imphal where one can witnessed well crafted beautiful Christmas tree made out of waste plastic bottles instead of buying costly Christmas decorative materials. Such magical tree glittering away to its fullest glory during the night as one passes through the village. 
According to Senapati based Herald Today facebook page, Vakho Youth & Students organisation (VYSO) members collected around 700 waste plastic bottles dumped at various places of Senapati to make a beautiful Christmas tree for Vakho village within four days.
The idea is to encourage the recycling habits in the village, according to President Thailu LP of VYSO. As a graphic designer and a photographer by profession I feel that plastic bottles could be used as decorative items, he said.
The credit of the humble initiative goes to seven active members of VYSO, he felt. Besides the volunteers of VYSO routinely takes up cleaning activities in and around the village and Senapati town four/five times a year coinciding with the beginning or ending of the seasons.
Interestingly some churches in Ukhrul town, 84 km north of the state capital also uses waste plastic bottles, compact discs and all other used materials as decorative materials in a move to make sure that no trees should be cut down for Christmas tree this time,a resident of hill town said.

Thursday, 27 December 2018 17:12

Assam Rifles Celebrates Christmas

IT News
Imphal, Dec 27,

 The Battalions of IGAR (South) celebrated Christmas at various places across Manipur.
The Battalions 9 Sector Assam Rifles organised Christmas in all its Company Operating Bases. Keithelmanbi Battalion celebrated Christmas at Canchipur, Singjamei, Andro Company operating Bases and Keithelmanbi garrison with locals and children of respective areas of responsibility. The events were started with opening prayer followed by the Gospel message, gifts presentation and concluded with cutting of Christmas cake.
Mantripukhari Battalion celebrated Christmas at Sawombung, Hanuman Top and Koirengei Company Operating Bases with the locals and children of Carmel Jyoti Orphanage Home. The Christmas celebration were started with Christmas carols and prayers for peace and harmony followed by gift distribution ceremony for children and the villagers and  refreshments.
Thoubal Battalion celebrated Christmas at Chandrakhong Company Operating Base with  locals of Somrei Village. The villagers were invited to the Company Operating Base and best wishes and greetings were extended to them.  The celebration culminated with refreshment to all the invitees.
Tulihal Battalion celebrated Christmas at Mayang Imphal Company Operating Base. The troops extended warm Christmas greetings to the locals and children and celebrated the festival with the  locals with great zeal and enthusiasm. Gifts were distributed to children and the villagers followed by tea and refreshments.
Chandel Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles paid a visit to the Little Drops Life orphanage on the occasion of Christmas. The Officiating Commandant and other officials of Chandel Battalion celebrated X-Mass with the orphan children and presented t-shirts to all the children and also christmas cake, sweets and other gifts were given to them. The care taker Mr Johny and his staff were appreciated for their selfless service rendered in bringing up the children.
Tengnoupal Battalion under 26 Sector Assam Rifles celebrated Christmas by gifting two 5.5 KVA Generator sets to New Narum and Moriengthel as these villages do not have a regular electricity supply and a generator set would help the villagers for various day to day activities. The unit also gifted cakes, footballs, volleyballs, volleyball nets on the occasion for usage of children and youth of the villages. In addition to this, Tengnoupal Battalion also helped villagers to organize Christmas feast in various villages like New Narum, Kwatha and Saibol by gifting three farm pigs on the occasion.
Sugnu post of Kakching Battalion of 28 Sector Assam Rifles s celebrated Christmas by visiting various villages under the Sugnu post and distributing cakes and sweets to the children.This endeavour was aimed at bringing all the people of society together and share joy and happiness of Christmas.
Sehlon Battalion under the aegis of 28 Sector Assam Rifles organised a christmas cum new year celebration for the villagers of Old Samtal and Phoilen under Khenjoi sub- division. The companies distributed stationery items, sweets to the school going children and the economically poor families of the village were distributed with basic need items followed by a lunch organized for the villagers.
The endeavor all the Battalions to reach out the villagers to extend warm wishes on the the most fondly celebrated festival of the Christian community was appreciated by all. The villagers expressed their gratitude and promised their contribution to work hand in hand with the Assam Rifles for maintaining peace and harmony in the region.

IT News
Imphal, Dec 27,

A workshop on outreach by Income Tax Department was organized under the aegis of Rajesh Kumar, IPS, IGP M&N sector at GC CRPF auditorium hall Imphal, approximately 350 personnel including GOs, SOs and Ors from Manipur &Nagaland  based units and offices attended and benefited from the session. 06 (six) Income Tax Officers actively briefed our men very effectively. The highlight of programme was interactive session with all the 6(six) Income Tax Officers with all officers and men on one to one basis and overall the programme remained very fruitful, successful and beneficial.

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