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 a Correspondent
Hyderabad, Dec 27,

 The North Eastern Warriors will look for a turnaround to their fortunes when skipper Saina Nehwal takes to the court for the first time in the 4th Vodafone Premier Badminton League (PBL) against Mumbai Rockets, the No. 2 team on the leaderboard with five points, here tomorrow.
With a close 2-3 win-loss record out of the five ties in their last fixture, the Warriors, led by India’s first woman to win an Olympic bronze Saina Nehwal, will be looking to unleash their firepower when they take on the Mumbai Rockets. If she provides the start that NEW wants, it will be a great inspiration to the players following her.
“It wasn’t the start that we were expecting, but we drew satisfaction from the success of Rituparna when she beat Kirsty Gilmore, a top 50 ranked player and Tian backing with a brilliant game. We are confident of a fresh start as the team has regrouped and we aim to have the first win tomorrow,” said a confident Saina.
On personal count, she added: “I had not played the last match, but I am practising and moving well on the court, so will do whatever is best possible for the team’s success.”
And without a doubt, Saina will want Chinese Tian Houwei, the winner of China Masters Open who made his debut last year against Delhi Dashers, to do his part as well as he did the other night in Mumbai. His value addition of this veteran will definitely add to the firepower in men singles. Tanongsak Sansomboonsuk, the first Thai shuttler to win a Superseries, has loads of experience and credentials—seven SEA Games medals and the 2010 Asian Games bronze medal in his swelling kitty—to do a thorough job in singles.
NEW also has a good mix of doubles players in Kim Ha Na—she won her first title in India Open in 20112. The silver medal winner at the Incheon Games in 2014 is a tricky customer and possesses the strokes and guile of a mixed doubles pair to outdo the best in business. After having had a quiet year, she will look to prove her worth.
Former World No 2 and a South Korean stalwart, Yoo Yeon Seong was a vital cog in the title-winning efforts of Hyderabad Hunters last season. He brings in not only the experience but also a big boost to Warriors’ doubles lineup and the PBL veteran will look to make his experience count along with Liao Min Chun, the 2014 Games bronze winner. The Taiwanese, a star attraction in the lineup, with his experience can provide the edge that NE Warriors needs.
But Mumbai Rockets do have a solid attack to counter the Warriors with the likes of Le Yong Dae and Sameer Verma in doubles and singles respectively will look for their second win.  In addition, they have proved themselves to be a tough team, having been the runners-up in Season 1 and 2. The only disadvantage could be that they will be playing the Saina-led New Warriors for the first time as they didn’t meet them in Season 3.
The momentum is certainly with Mumbai Rockets and Sameer Verma agrees that they will look to keep it going till the end of the season. “We had a good start and it will be critical that we get a good start here too against the North East.  It will be important that we continue the winning momentum,” said Sameer Verma, who trains at the Gopichand academy in Hyderabad and will be crowd’s support.

IT News
Imphal, Dec 27,

4th State Level 4-A Side Mini Boys Under 35 kgs Football Tournament organised by Rising Knowledge Club Khoyathong will start from 10th January 2019. Last date of submission of entry is 7th January. Those interested football clubs can get the details either by visiting the Rising Knowledge contact can contact at Cell Phone No. 9856139980

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 18:27

Road rage – SBI Dy. Manager shot youth to death

IT News

Imphal, Dec 26,

A 25 years old youth was shot dead by a deputy manager of the State Bank of India, presently posted at Leimakhong Branch, over failure to provide space for take off of his vehicle. The incident happened at around 10 pm yesterday at Naoremthong under Lamphel Police Station.

The deceased has been identified as Salam Prasanta Singh, 25 yrs    s/o S. Tomba Singh of Changangei Ucheckon, Imphal West

Report said that last evening, at around 10 pm, the deceased Prasanta along with his friends were on their way to witness a musical nite somewhere at Sekmai area until they reached near Salai Holding office and coincide with another I-20 vehicle. Prasanta , at the time was reportedly driving a Swift Car bearing registration number MN 06-LA 6624 with three of his friend, while another four of his friend were in another car (Cruze). A minor argument occurred with the person driving the I-20 car bearing registration No. MN-01 3G 6843 and the deceased Prasanta over failure to provide adequate space for take off near Salai Holding office at Tera. The  driver of the I20 car, Chabungbam Budhachandra Singh 56yrs s/o Late Ch. Babudhon Singh of Sagolban Tera Loukrakpam Leikai who later turn out to be Deputy Manager SBI Branch Leimakhong, after taking off reportedly stopped his vehicle at Naoremthong (Bridge). Their he reportedly took out a pistol and stopped Prasanta.

According to a friend of the deceased who happened to accompanied him yesterday, the Bank Manager along with one of his friend drives them out saying that they only need Prasanta.

He was then pull inside the car and Budhachandra shot him dead inside the vehicle.

The accused, Chabungbam Budhachandra Singh has been arrested by the Lamphel police and the pistol he used happens to be a license gun.

Following the killing of the youth, large number of people of Changangei Ucheckon near airport blocked Tiddim road from around 8 am. A police team led by SP cools the anger saying that the accused has been arrested and that law will take its own course.

Local MLA AK Mirabai also rushed the spot to take stock of the situation. The road blockade was later lifted at around 10 am after the SP Imphal West calm the anger of the local. Later, a meeting was held and a committee called Peoples’ Action Committee against the killing of Prasanta was formed.

The PAC still do not claim the death body denouncing the killing.

IT News

New Delhi, Dec 26,

Colin Gonsalves, the Founder of Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in an exclusive interview to Journalist Seram Rojesh at New Delhi, has extended his full support to the hue and cry of the right thinking people against the detention of Kishorechanda Wangkhem under National Security Act.

“To say that Rani Jhansi has nothing to do with Manipur , whether right or wrong, is absolutely protected by Freedom of Expression. He may be right or he may be wrong, but there is nobody in the country who can prosecute a journalist or anybody for that matter  on the basis of statement which is seemingly offence to some very conservative or right wing society; it is protected by freedom of expression”, Colin Gonsalves said.

The founder of the HRNL further said that to use a “F” word or to use a swear word is a part of freedom of Expression. Giving observation to the statement which Kishorechandra Wangkhemcha has uploaded in Social media expressing his anger Colin Gonsalves said that the detent journalist has lawfully and justifiably use the swear word.

“It is lawfully used , it is justifiably used and for the state to trial to such person is totally wrong”, the renowned activist said.

He appealed the case of Kishorechandra be moved to the High Court immediately and gets bail in this matter.

“Not only he should gets bail but this entire prosecution should be quashed”, Colin Gonsalves said and added that  on the face of the FIR even if accepted the content be correct, to use a swear word is totally permissible under the constitution of India. It is part of Freedom of Expression  and every Journalist , every Human Rights activist should stand up support Kishorechand in this tyrannical use of law against him, he added.

Colin Gonsalves also stated that Human Rights Network Law Network stands fully with Kishorechandra Wangkhem and said that victory will be on the side of the journalist  as what done is totally unconstitutional.

During the the Annual General Body Meeting 2018(AGM 2018) of Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) held at Rajasthan from 19th December to 23rd December 2018 various issues of human rights violations in many parts of India including the arrest of a journalist in Manipur, Mr. Kishorechandra Wangkhemcha  for using “F” word under NSA by the present government of Manipur was also discussed. 

Mr. Kishorchandra was arrested for his Facebook post criticizing the government of Manipur for organizing the birth anniversary of Rani Jhansi in Manipur.

On this case of Kishorechandra, Mr Shreeji Vhavsar, senior advocate of  the Supreme Court, associated with HRLN had gone to Imphal to meet Mrs. Ranjita Wankhemcha, the wife of Mr. Kishorechandra and went to Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa to meet him on 20th December 2018. Even after 3 hours of waiting, the jail officials didn’t allow the advocate to meet his client.

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