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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Imphal, Dec. 11

Popular Front of India General Secretary M Muhammed Ali Jinnah has strongly condemned the disturbances created by some police officers at a scholarship distribution programme in Andhra Pradesh organized by the Popular Front and the arbitrary unjust arrest and torture of its zonal secretary and district leaders on false charges. He demanded the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu to immediately intervene in this issue of minority rights violation in the state.  
What happened today at Punganur, in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh was sheer abuse of police power on students and innocent people at an educational event. It was a scholarship distribution programme at Sumaiya Hall, a full day event with different motivational, counselling and skill development sessions for the beneficiary students. When the Sub-inspector and Head Constable from Punganur Police station tried to disturb the programme and intimidated the participants by taking their photographs, the organizers intervened and informed the police that it was a public event and that they were happy to give photographs taken by themselves, which they did. While the matter should have ended there peacefully, the officers were not ready to let go. To the shock of the organizers and the students, officers came back after a little while and defiled the hall arrangements and arrested innocent people.  The arrested include Popular Front Zonal Secretary Muhammed Arif Ahmed and Popular Front Punganur district president Fayaz Ahmed among others. They are presently under judicial custody under false charges of obstructing police duty.
Popular Front Scholarship is unique scholarship scheme in the country and it is in existence since more than a decade. Thousands of poor meritorious students belonging to the Muslims and other deprived sections have benefited from it. This kind of police hooliganism on an education programme can only be viewed as attack on the efforts for educational empowerment of backward sections in the country. It is shameful for a civilized society and for a government that claims to uphold secular democratic values. We call upon Chandrababu Naidu government to take action on the officers who are responsible for the abuse and take necessary steps for the unconditional release of the four innocent people arrested. Popular Front will continue the struggle against the police high handedness through democratic and legal efforts.  We appeal to the civil society to come out against this police excess.

From our Correspondent
Guwahati, Dec 11,

The city based scribes maintain good health as most of them have performed well in a recent blood screening camp conducted by Assam’s celebrated healthcare institute Dispur Hospitals. Nearly 80
scribes, age limit from 30 to 60 years, participated in the free camp, where their blood samples were collected to test thyroid, haemoglobin and sugar.
Only 11 scribes were diagnosed with high thyroid stimulating hormone (more than 7 milli-international units per liter or mIU/L), where four participants were with low haemoglobin (less than 12 gm/dl) and five with high random blood sugar (more than 140 mg/dl), said a statement from Guwahati Press Club, where the camp was organized last week.
Dr Jayanta Bardoloi, managing director of Dispur Hospitals offered free consultations to the participating member-journalists, so that they can start medication in need. Interested scribes may arrive at his hospital in Ganeshguri locality of the city for necessary consultation and medications.

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Imphal, Dec 10,

Congress MLA Khumukcham Joykishan today expressed worry over the mental state of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh as the later seem to have no knowledge of the status of a legislature representing Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency in the Manipur State Legislative Assembly.

“I heard the CM telling to a TV channel through social networking site Facebook that he did not know who is MLA Joykishan Singh while replying to a query to a TV reporter”, Joykishan said in a press conference held at his residence at Thangmeiband here in Imphal.

A newly opened satellite TV channel call TOM TV spread the statement of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh at which he said that he did not know whether Khumukcham Joykishan is still an MLA or not. He also said that he took him as a contractor. The TOM TV clip did not have any details on how and why the Chief Minister responded in the manner.

“If the statement of the Chief Minister regarding his knowledge about the status of an MLA who sit in the opposition bench is true than the mental status of N. Biren is unsound”, Joykishan said.

He further said that he will however look whether the statement delivered through social media by TOM TV is unedited or not. Joykishan had sent a letter to TOM TV authority to give the details on the authenticity of the Chief Minister statement.

If the statement is unedited and if he did said that he did not know the status of the MLA saying that he took him as a contractor then the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is in state of unsound mind.

“If it is so he should be disqualified under the article 191(B) of the Indian Constitution”, the MLA added while recalling his days with N. Biren Singh when he was working as an editor of a newspaper before joining to politics.

Article 191(1)(b) of the Constitution of India says – “if he is of unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent court”.

Reminding the article of the Indian Constitution, MLA Joykishan said that if the mental state of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is unsound then he is liable for disqualification.

Joykishan however said that he will first look into the authenticity of the CM statement spread by TOM TV.

Recalling his close association with N. Biren Singh before their joining to politics, Joykishan said that he has no personal enmity with him. However, he was performing the role of opposition MLA.

He said that he will appreciate if the policy programme of the government is for the welfare of the people but will criticized if it is against the will of the people. If the government think that anybody who speak against them is their enemy and will silence using unconstitutional technique and other means then he is definitely wrong.

“Intimidation will not keep the people silent”, Joykishan pointed out.

He said that he spoke against the detention of the Wangkhem Kishorchand by slapping NSA as it was wrongful detention.  The detention was criticized and condemned by the Indian Journalists’ Union (IJU) and other national media and even the Press Council of India had taken up a suo-motto case regarding the arrest.

He appealed the government not to consider all dissents as anti National. Joykishan further appealed the people of the state to remain cautious if the mental status of the Chief Minister is unsound.

Monday, 10 December 2018 16:54

Orange Festival 2018 concludes

Tamenglong, Dec 10,
A 3 day long Orange festival which was celebrated under the theme “Orange for peace, health, beauty and prosperity” come to an end today at the lower ground Tamenlong District headquarter.
PHED Minister L. Dikho and Namsinrei Panmei Chairman, Autonomous District Council Tamenlong attended the closing ceremony as a Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.
 L.Dikho in his chief guest speech wishes the people of Tamenlong a merry Christmas on behalf of the State Chief Minister. He also urged the people of Tamenlong to fully take the advantage of railway transport in promoting the indigenous orange since railway is passing through the heart of Tamenlong
God has fully blessed the land, people and the orange of Tamenlong so we must fully utilised in promoting, acknowledging and preserving the oranges of Tamenlong lamented the chief guest. He also further request the public of Tamenlong to support and co-operate in the government developmental work which is going on in the district as of now.
Namsinrei Panmei, Chairman Autonomous District Council, in his presidential speech urged the orange growers to work hard to increased the orange plantation. He also assured the orange farmers present in the gathering that all the need and financial help will be given from District administration and the State fund.
The best oranges for the year 2018 was bagged by stall No. 102 Mrs Gaigupliu of Sibilong village with a cash price of Rs 1,50,000/- only.
Stall No. 99, Mrs. Gaichungliu Gangmei of Sibilong village under Tousem Sub- Division and stall No 60, Mrs.Ramkeliu Gangmei of Chaengdai village under Tamenglong sub- Division bagged the second and third prize respectively. The cash award for second prize is Rs. 100000/- and third prize is Rs.75000/- only.
17 orange growers also received a consolation prize of Rs 20,000/- each and the rest of the participants received a cash of Rs. 5000 each. Altogether 173 orange growers participated in the competition.
District Administration of Tamenlong in collaboration with ICAR, CAU and NABARD conducted a seminar on the second day for the orange growers of Tamenlong under the theme “Orange: It’s Perspective, Problems and Potentials at the Tamenlong Indoor Stadium. The experts from the Department of ICAR, CAU and NABARD present a various topic on cultural practices for sustainable production of Tamenlong oranges, soil management in the context of orange cultivation, plant protection in an organic and sustainable manner and the role of NABARD in rural development especially in Horticulture Crop Production were presented to the participants. Department of horticulture distributed pea seeds to all the orange growers participants after the session.
Journalist and Founder “Breaking the Silence” Urmila Chanam also present a topic in the Vital role of Media and Market Linkages in Global Context.
As part of the festival 13 year old girl Miss Gaindinliu a student of JNV stood first and take away a cash award of Rs.30,000 and citation in the Tamenglong Got Talent. And Mr. Ringsangnang Reamei and Miss Apiliu Panmei stood second and third prize with a cash award of Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 and citation respectively.
It is worth mentioning that during the 15th Orange festival celebration district administration of Tamenlong along with various civil society, NGOs and village authority organised a various events such as night camping at Dailong village, trekking to Tharon cave and waterfall, trekking at Luangku forest, Biodervisty Heritage site at Dailong and rafting and kayaking at Barak river for the visitors from different parts of state and Manipur in particular who come to witness the festival at Tamenlong.

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