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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ 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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CM indirectly support cops over the death of a student during agitation

Chief Minister OkramIbobi Singh today indirectly supported the police action at Telipati area of Imphal East at which a student was killed after hitting by a tear gas shell or rubber bullet during agitation on July 8. During debate for passing of the Manipur Appropriation (No. 5) Bill, 2015, the chief minister said that it is difficult for the police to control violent mob as there are evidences of protestors throwing stones. The Chief Minister while trying to prove the difficulties faced by the police narrated a long story of how the police faced problem in controlling the agitators at Mao gate during the rejection of the proposed visit of NSCN-IM leader Th. Muivah. He said the then police officer in Charge had told him that as the organisation are using students and women as shield and later strike to the police from among them, it was difficult for those police personnel in duty. He said that his government always gave order to restrain violence while controlling mob but sometimes some of the police personnel fail to tolerate if they saw their colleague hurt. The clarification was made in reply to Trinamool Congress MLA Dr.I Ibohalbi in the debate.
Dr. I Ibohalbi said that the government has failed to provide proper equipment to tackle public agitation. He said that there are no adequate numbers of barricades or water cannon for the police which is a much to control public agitation or protest.

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No bogus beneficiary in Surrender Scheme - Dy. CM

Home Minister Gaikhangam today said that there is no bogus beneficiary of the surrender scheme of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Replying to a supplementary question to MLA Samuel Risom during question hour today, Gaikhangam said that the UGs were screen by the security force at different level and there is no question of bogus beneficiary. Samuel Risom had asked the Home Minister, through the speaker of the house to give detail of the benefit and advantages of UG cadres under the Surrender Scheme of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Answering the question, the Home Minister said that under the Scheme for Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation of militants in the State of Manipur a surrendered UG gets an immediate grant of Rs. 2.50 lakh to be kept in a bank in the name of surrenderee as fixed deposit for a period of three years besides giving them a monthly stipend of Rs. 4000/- for a maximum period of 36 months. He also said that incentives were given for the weapon they surrendered and they were given vocational training besides others.

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MLA Ibohalbi urges for reintroduction of beacon light to MLAs

Trinamool Congress MLA Dr. I Ibohalbi today drew the attention of the Chief Minister to re-introduce the beacon light for MLAs. Supporting his proposal, Dr. I Ibohalbi said that the privilege of the MLAs are breach while going on the road as beacon light are being used by army personnel even at the rank of a captain. He said that those officer of lower rank permitted to use the beacon light sometime overtook the MLA taking advantage of the beacon light even though an MLA was going along the same way.
“This is an insult to the MLA”, Ibohalbi added.
He said that beacon light are being used by the MLAs at Nagaland and there is no harm in introducing it in the state.
Replying to the proposal Chief Minister said the beacon light has been ban in-order to reduce the VIP culture. He also said that there were unconfirmed report of anti-social element using the vehicle which have beacon light as it was even use by local body representatives. Security personnel sometimes face difficulties in checking the vehicles if it has beacon light.
“The decision to ban beacon light was taken by the state cabinet after thorough discussion”, Chief Minister said. He further added that there is no instruction from the central government for ban of the beacon light but it was the decision of the state government.

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Siroy Tourist House could not be completed due to paucity of fund

Chief Minister OkramIbobi Singh today said that Tourist Guest House being constructed at Siroy Hills in Ukhrul district could not be completed due to paucity of fund. Replying to a question by MLA Samuel Risom during question hour of the state assembly session, Chief Minister OkramIbobi Singh said that a total amount of Rs. 43,86,938 has been released in two instalment for construction of Tourist Home at Siroy under the State Plan. He said in 2005, a sum of Rs. 20 lakhs was sanctioned as first instalment for construction of the guest house under the state plan. In 2008, a sum of Rs. 23,86,938 was released. Additional fund of Rs. 33,24,791 was required to be provided from the Annual Plan Allocation 2012-13 in respect of Tourism Department . However due to paucity of fund, the amount required for completion of the Tourist Home at Siroy along with the construction of fencing and gate could not be provided. No fund have been sanctioned in 2011-12.

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