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 10,

 As observe in different parts of the world, Manipur Human Rights Commission with United NGOs Mission, Manipur, Human Rights Alert, Human Rights Law Network and United Voluntary Youth Council observed International Human Rights Day at 1st MR Banquet Hall today.
Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that we had a cultured society and kept respect for our elders a lot. But today, it seems our decency is vanishing from us. To prevent from any kind of unwanted incidents in future particularly by uploads in social media and to restore that cultured society, Manipur needs to make a suitable law.
Recognising people’s mindset especially that damages of bandh and general strike, Chief minister said that he went for a small survey of today’s bandh called by the 2013 batch police constable candidates against the delayed result out of their interview. People came out like there’s no bandh and saw continue their daily routine in market and work place. People’s response against bandh and general strike is one of government’s achievements, he added.
Biren also assured for looking into the staff and infrastructure shortages of the Manipur State Human rights Commission (MHRC).
While giving Presidential address, Acting Chairperson of Manipur Human Rights Commission Khaidem Mani stated that after the enactment of Protection of Human rights Act, 1993, Manipur Government had established the MHRC by virtue of sec 21 of the Act on June 27, 1998. The first Commission had been function till 2003, second Commission from May 5, 2005 till May 9, 2010. After a pretty long years gap, MHRC reconstituted for the third time in this current year. He assumed the office on 30th August, 2018 as Member of the Commission and from the same day onwards, he is working as Acting Chairperson, Khaidem Mani recalled.
Law and Legislative Affairs Minister L. Jayentakumar Singh attended as Guest of Honour in today’s observation. Police personals, Advocates, human rights defenders, members of Manipur State Commission for Women were also participated.


Activists upset as prevailing Human Rights issues not discussed on Human Rights Day

All talks are about the origin of the Universal declaration of Human Rights by the United Nation and about the content of how to protect rights of the people. But none of the intellectual says nothing of the prevailing condition of the Human Rights of Manipur’s citizen. This was stated by an activist who attended the 70th International Human Rights Day organised by the Centre for Human Rights and Duties Education, Manipur University at Manipur University.
The day is also observed by various other civil rights bodies across the state.
As for the state government it is another matter but issues of human rights violation being faced by the people of the state were not mentioned by any of the talker , said the activist.

Monday, 10 December 2018 16:51

JFA bats for justice to victim scribe

By Our Correspondent
Guwahati, Dec 10,

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses concern over the incident of abuses of a lady scribe by another city based journalist which has already reached the legal course and bats for justice to the victim. The forum however insists on proper opportunity provided to the accused journalist to put forward his version as well.
It may be mentioned that the television scribe lodged an FIR in Dispur police station stating that she was harassed, abused and threatened last week by the male journalist, also a television reporter, with one of his friends. Following her urgent calls, few colleagues rescued her and reported to the police station, said the victim scribe in a communiqué to the JFA.
“We hope that the law will take its own course and the victim scribe gets justice. Anybody, who indulges in illegal activities, should be punished. However, we pursue that the accused journalist should also be given the right of self-defense,” said a JFA statement issued to the media.

Monday, 10 December 2018 16:50

AR Installs 10 Solar Street Lights in Malom

IT News

Imphal, Dec 10,

Tulihal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR(South) erected 10 Solar Street Lights on request of the people of Malom Gram Panchayat under it’s ‘Op Sadbhavna’ initiative on 10th December 2018.

Tulihal Battalion on receiving a request for installation of street lights in it’s monthly Security Meet, provided & installed these solar lights in each of the wards of Malom Gram Panchayat. These solar street lights will not only address the security concerns in the area, but also lead the way in sustainable development.

Brigadier Amit Kabthiyal, SM, Commander 9 Sector Assam Rifles in an inaugural programme at Malom village, IW district  officially handed over these solar street lights to the Pradhan of Malom Gram Panchayat. While praising the efforts of Tulihal Battalion, Brig Kabthiyal assured the villagers that both Assam Rifles and Army would always work for the welfare of the people of Manipur. Two Ex-servicemen of Army, being residents of Malom were also felicitated by him during the event. The villagers of Malom appreciating the Battalion for the initiative and said this gesture of the Army would go a long way in cementing the bond between the people and the forces and the people of Malom would forever keep Tulihal Battalion in their hearts, even when the Battalion moves out of the area on completion of it’s tenure.

This initiative of provision of solar street lights is one among many taken up Tulihal Battalion, who in the past had also spearheaded the flood relief operations in the month of June for which the Battalion has received the Governor’s Citation. The Battalion also plans to install 9 solar street lights in Kangmong and organize a veterinary camp in Meitram village in the near future.


Today the nation joined the world community in celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Manipur is no exception. Human Rights bodies, Civil rights organizations and even the state government statutory body the Manipur State Human Rights Commission observed the day to commemorate the day. But the way the day is being celebrated looks rather a festival pseudo intellects talking about the Rights of the common people instead of acting to protect the rights they talk about when it comes to the state of Manipur. Recently, a onetime lawyer activist, Khaidem Mani has been appointed the Acting Chairperson of the Manipur Human Rights Commission, but so far the commission says nothing about the arbitrary detention of Wangkhem Kishorchand under NSA after he was released on bail by a district court on November 26. Except for one Human Rights body called Human Rights Alert, no civil bodies had expressed any words regarding the detention even though everybody knows that the case is a gross violation of human rights by the state.
Dissent are now treated as anti national, rights of the common people to demonstrate peaceful protest against the wrong committed by government is forbidden, secularism guaranteed under the Constitution of India has become a mere joke as no action has been taken up so against any leader who spewed venom to different religious organization. Those criticizing the government policy towards the failure to improve the condition of farmers and proletariats are anti-national. Cow’s right is more important than the rights of Indian citizens. A Maharastra government MLA who provoked youths by telling them to kidnap and married gets no action which prove that women in the country are not safe.  This is the present trend in India and the same is happening here in the state of Manipur.
In the name of development, common villagers are displaced time and again. The construction of large DAM like Thoubal Multipurpose  Dam has submerged one of the most beautiful villages of the state call Chadong in Ukhrul district, and in the name of road renovation and widening works trees are being cut down which indirectly violated the rights of the people by killing fresh and healthy air. In the state of Manipur even right to breath fresh air has been deprived, right to live a peaceful life has been deprived with the state authority failing to implement laws like prohibition of Industries which make sounds from their machineries or using of load horn near school or residential area.
People of the state still are yet to get some of the basic rights like proper drinking water, shelter etc.
People across the world know that in the state of Manipur, which was very much part of India, 1528 victims of extra judicial killings are still yet to get justice. Arbitrary detention still continues. Draconian law – the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, still is enforced in the state. Under the shadow of the Act crime against humanity have been many time committed by government actors.
One very common scene notice is the so called combing operation conducted many times by the state police and sometimes in co-ordination with the para military and army even at many place of the 7 assembly segment where the government had removed the disturbed area status. People of the state are more like living in a war like situation. Men , women ,students and even children were forced to wake up early in wee hour and were made stand for hours in the name of verification. Later they will be set free again saying that verification has been done. When such combing operation are done common innocent citizen are disturbed, there rights to take rest are disturbed. Children and students are disturbed. The question is - under what provision of the Indian law that people of a locality are disturbed and harassed. If such is assume legitimate then why the India government is not declaring the state of Manipur as a conflict state so that a third party from the United Nation could interfere.
Celebrating the Human Rights Day in commemoration to the 70th Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nation will only be meaningful if Rights guaranteed are fulfilled to all the citizen of the country particularly the state of Manipur.   

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