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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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Same planet but worlds apart

Manipur, though small with its myriad problems and lacunae, haven’t lagged behind in celebrating any and every festival and occasion, and with increasing gusto, one may add, over the years. The revelries and observation functions, though, haven’t had much impact on the outlook of the society as a unit which points to the fact that the organisation of such observations and occasions are carried out more with the intent for gaining political mileage and popularity rather than to impart the importance and publicise the vital theme of the occasions, and while everybody who claims to have a say in the way things work, be it the politicians, bureaucrats of civil activists, whether with cocked guns or without, are spouting the right slogans from the texts they so meticulously prepare beforehand in their feeble attempts to gain acceptance or submission from the public, the gist of the matter has been lost in the melee. There is so much going on in our state, which unfortunately happens to be the wrong kind, and everybody is busy blaming the other guy with studied finesse and dexterity, all the while extolling virtues about themselves and the sacrifices they have professed to have committed for the public. The public, fed up with the senseless mudslinging and counter accusations, have settled down to make the best of the situation, trying to carry on with our own lives as best as we possibly can, while the powerful, influential and intimidating ones are left fighting for a piece of the pie meant for the disinterested general public. The ironical part is these are the very ones who are self appointed to carry forward the aspirations of the common man. Governance has been reduced to a game of one-upmanship and opportunitism at the cost of development and progress. The immediate riches and profits have far out-weighted the need for sustained growth and planning for the future, and the myopic outlook is only getting worse. Halfway across the world, another scene is unfolding even as we are going about with our inured existence. In Santander, a quaint port city in the northern part of Spain with a population of just under 1,80,000 (2013 census which will be more precise than any method or means ever used in our country), around a thousand sensors are being installed at various public places that is proving to accelerate the development and cutting the cost of governance in a very short span of time. Sensors inside the street lamps are reporting back about the condition of the garbage in the area as also the availability of parking space, making real-time management of public facilities a breeze. Traffic conditions can be monitored and accessed to plan alternate routes in case of congestion in a particular route, and files/documents can be traced and tracked across the departments of the government. All these facilities can be accessed and utilized by the residents through a centralized site, and complaints and recommendations can be looked up by the public to check if they have been acted upon. Such a system, if one could use just a bit of imagination, could drastically and forever change the society and the system of governance from the tooth and nail fight for gains and glory to one which puts the people and their everyday lives at the forefront of planning. Maybe the overworked heads of our society could do with a much needed break at Santander in the near future, if only to come back with the memories that would make them sit up and flush once in a while.  

Students’ body threatens to burn college which fail to conduct examination

 Students of 11 colleges in Manipur has threaten to burn colleges which had fail to conduct the examination of BA, BSC and B.Com first and fifth semester examination which is scheduled to begin tomorrow. In a press conference held today at the office of DESAM at Keishampat, student representatives of DM College of Commerce, Arts and Science, Imphal College, GP Women College, Manipur College, MB College, Oriental College, Lilong Hoareibi Collge, Modern College and L. Sanoi College said that college authority should conduct the examination by defying the agitation of the All Manipur College Teachers’ Association (AMCTA). AMCTA has called boycott of the said examination against the appointment of regular Principal of three colleges saying that the principal appointed did not fulfil rules and regulations of the UGC. Speaking to media persons General Secretary of DM College of Commerce L Sanatomba said that the appointment of three regular principal by the state government is reasonable. He said that any college are found boycotting the examination then the college will be set ablaze as it no longer serve for the welfare of the people.  He further said anything happen will be the responsibilty of the government.
On the other hand the general secretary said that the decision of the AMCTA is not for the welfare of the student community. He cautioned the teachers’ body not to take up any decision which might harm the students.
  

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Man try to self immolate as govt. evicted houses

 A person today tried to self immolate by pouring SK-Oil upon him as government machineries evicted his house at Lei Ingkhol in Chingmeirong. The person was however, arrested by a team of state security force and kept in the custody of Lamphel police. According to report, Govt. machineries came along with JCB vehicles and started dismantling the houses at Lei Ingkhol which were already acquire by the state government for construction of government quarter. Govt. source said that there are 110 occupied houses in the area and the compensation has already been paid. However, the occupants said that they will not shift the house until the government provide them place for settlement. When the govt. machineries along with a security came to drive out the occupants, womenfolk of the area gave strong resistence. The women pelted stones to the JCB vehicles and tried to prevent them from proceeding further. The state security force had hard time controlling the angry locals. MLA of Wangkhei Assembly constituency Y Erabot and O Henery a local politician, also came and tried to consoled the angry mob. Later, the govt. machineries left the spot to consult with the higher authority.

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Murderer husband still at large; victim’s son look after by paralyse grandfather

On the seventh visit of fact finding search protesting against crime on women, Women Action for Development pulled up one of the worse criminal offences; the alleged murder of Neikhohat Kilong(25) by her husband identified as Vijay from Jharkhand, a worker of BRTF.
Mentioned may be made that on the early morning of May 6, 2013, Neikhohat was seen last going for MGNREGS and never returned home. On the following day, that is on May 7, 2013 at around 02.00 pm her dead body was found at Monumphai area near Kondong Lairembi Moreh. According to post mortem report Neikhohat was murdered after hitting with a spade on her face. A blood stained club was also recovered from the spot where the victim’s body was found. According to report, a woman saw the victim accompanied by her husband before working for job card under MGNREGS. The culprit absconded from the day the murder took place.
A team led by Sobita Mangsatabam along with the media persons today visited the family members of Neikhohat at Moreh. Neikhohat left behind two sons - the eldest son was kept with a relative in Nagaland and the youngest one who is two and a half year old is looked after by Neikhohat’s father, Seikhochon. Seikhochon is half paralysed, looks after his wife who is a TB patient who has been bed ridden since the last three months. Seikhochon along with his grandson and his wife live in a hut and survive with the help given by Missionary sub charity of Mother Teresa and other church members and local people. Speaking to media Seikhochon said his wife has been suffering from TB since two years and there is no source to look after her health. He further said that he himself is paralysed and cannot go for work. He said that he had three daughters and two sons. All of them passed away except for the youngest son who now lives in Nagaland.
“There is no one to look after me and my family. During election I voted but no MLAS came for assistance. I cannot feed my wife and my grandson as myself is paralysed. I would like to see the person who killed my daughter and torture him the same way my daughter was killed,” said Seikhochon.
According to Moreh police, they have informed twice to the nearest station of Jharkhand police to find the whereabouts of the accused, Vijay Kumar (28) s/o. Meikel of Girjatoli, Ranchi.

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