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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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Finally, MHRD seeks President’s approval for removal of Manipur University VC AP Pandey

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Imphal, Feb 19

Manipur University is finally going to have a full-time Vice-Chancellor as the Ministry of Human Resource Development had reportedly sought permission for removal of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey over allegations of administrative irregularities, according to government officials familiar with the matter.

The Manipur University has been running by an Administrator since October 11, 2018, by an order of the Manipur High Court after Prof. Pandey was put under suspension during an inquiry conducted against him over prolonged absence and irregularities.

 A report appearing in Hindustan Times written by Amandeep Shukla said that the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has written to President Ram Nath Kovind, seeking his approval for the removal of Manipur University’s Vice-Chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey over allegations of administrative irregularities, according to government officials familiar with the matter.

The ministry’s action comes after a two-member inquiry committee indicated that there was substance in allegations of prolonged absence, and some other charges brought against Pandey, who has been heading the central university since 2016.

“The HRD ministry has written to the President about the issue, as he is the chancellor of all central varsities. The ministry has suggested that the Vice-Chancellor be removed,” said a senior ministry official who asked not to be named. The allegations against Pandey include that he stayed away from the varsity for long periods, and delayed filling up key positions such as Registrar and Controller of examinations.

There have also been protests by teachers and students on the campus during Pandey’s term. In September 2018, the HRD ministry suspended Pandey, citing concerns over the volatile law-and-order situation on the campus. It also handed over the administration of the university to Manipur Chief Secretary Jarnail Singh, who is listed as vice-chancellor on the Imphal-based varsity’s official website.

Pandey said he was not aware that the ministry was seeking his removal. “I am not aware of the development so I would not like to comment,” he said when asked for his version. In the past, Pandey said he was being targeted by a section of teachers and students, who were supported by political parties, especially those belonging to the Left.

The HRD ministry has, in recent years, taken a stern view of allegations against Vice-Chancellors.

In 2016, the Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University, Chandra Krishnamurthy, was removed following allegations of plagiarism. Last month, Allahabad University Vice-Chancellor, RL Hangloo, resigned citing personal reasons after a controversial tenure in which he was accused of administrative and financial irregularities. The ministry accepted his resignation and initiated an inquiry into charges of financial and administrative irregularities.

Recently, a Vice-Chancellor of Tripura University, Vijay Dharurkar, resigned after a video of him allegedly accepting cash emerged during a sting operation. A Vice-Chancellor of Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, JL Kaul, was also removed in 2016 over allegations of irregularities.

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Government Aided School Employees threaten to commit suicide for revised pay

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Imphal, Feb 19

“We will commit suicide either in front of Chief Minister’s Bungalow or in front of his house if the ROP already passed on September 26, 2019, is not put into action on or before February 25 this year”.

This was stated by Thokchom Koireng, spokesperson of the Joint Administration Council (JAC) All Manipur Government Aided School Employees Organisation.

He said that other teachers of primary school had got already ROP and more than that they demanded the 7th pay commission but for the Aided teachers they were still at 5th pay commission. However, the money that they got was unmanageable for the present trend in their family.

He further said that the JAC members were with hope when the CM passed the bill but as of now after meeting the CM on 15th January and meeting of the Educational Minister on February 4,  2020, no further initiative was seen so far.

He stated that there were 584 added schools and 1699 teachers together at village and hill but since October 2019 they did not get pay till now and he continued that an added teacher got Rs. 9,945 per month irregularly. 

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Imphal based folk rock band Imphal Talkies enthralls Bangladesh audiences

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Imphal, Feb 19

Imphal based folk rock band Imphal Talkies enthralled audiences in Bangladesh with their aesthetic performance during their tour. The band toured Bangladesh and played three shows for the Manipuris in Bangladesh as a follow up of “Re-imagining Manipur” tour which started in June 2019 in Assam.  The band performed three consecutive shows from February 13 to 15, in Lamabazar (Sylhet), Bishgaon (Habiganj) and Bhnaugach (Moulvibazar). The band played the new album “Ema gi Wari”, a concept album which tells the stories of Manipuris in Assam and Bangladesh.

Imphal Talkies’ frontman Akhu travelled across Assam and Bangladesh in 2018 and met many poets, writers, activists, etc. The many conversations that he had with them and their stories have culminated in this album “Ema gi Wari”. The songs were written and composed partly during his travel. The album looks at Manipur beyond the geographical boundaries.

The tour and the shows were organised to create a dialogue between the band and the audience to share stories of past and struggles within the community.  The band believes it is just a beginning of a lifelong sharing of stories and finding roots.

Imphal Talkies is very grateful to Lamabazar Naharol Lup, Bishgaon Manipuri Club and Bhanugach Meetei Naharol Lup for making this tour possible. The band also thanks India Foundation for the Arts for supporting this tour and the album “Ema gi Wari”

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Conversion of diesel engine with electrified engine: a good indication but there are issues still not solved

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh nodes to convert all noisy diesel auto into the electrified engine during his speech in the ongoing State Assembly budget session is an indication of his enthusiasm to make Imphal city a noise-free city. Diesel Auto which is the most convenient public transport in Imphal city is also a vehicle that irritated almost all common people not because of its unbearable engine noise but also because of the way that rode and parked in an unorganized manner. Saying so the traffic regulations say nothing about how diesel auto or any other vehicle should be on the road except mentioning some allotted parking area. It is no violation of traffic regulation if a vehicle takes up another riding ahead but a parallel ride disturbing the smooth flow of traffic is common in the street of Imphal. Moreover, the concern government department had made no separate lane for heavy or medium vehicle and neither there is no commercial lane allotted for a small-medium passenger vehicle. Cycle lovers which are good for health and serve the environment, as well as road traffic, were discouraged in Imphal city as the risk for hitting by costly and luxurious vehicles leaving aside the passenger vehicles where the number is unbearable by the present streets in Imphal.
Overbridge has been constructed in the middle of Imphal city to reduced the traffic volume, recently four-foot bridges had been constructed for conveniences of the predestined, but still, the traffic in Imphal is not improving.
Should we blame the traffic police or should it be the regulations that are responsible for the traffic chaos in Imphal city? Without taking in-depth to the regulations or to the functioning of the traffic police common men observe something seriously wrong with the people riding vehicles in the street of Imphal. The traffic problem is being left only with those in the traffic police and no law enforcers of either the state government or the center had ever extended assistant to the traffic police. Many a time policemen on duty simply stood and watch the traffic police running here and there to make the road clear. These traffic police sometimes face humiliation if the traffic violators happened to be some people holding superior posts or sons or daughters or say relatives of persons holding high profile government jobs.
The Chief Minister, who is also in charge of the Home department, should definitely prepare a mechanism to make sure that control for traffic flow should also be supported by every law enforcers by assisting the traffic police anywhere and at any place. Let the traffic police who is controlling the movement of the vehicle be a constable at rank, the Assistant Sub Inspector or sub –Inspector provide all possible help taking his command when on duty. For example, the parking lot at Wahengbam Leikai area in Imphal is always seen controlled by one or two traffic police when civil police were also seen on duty near the site. If the civil police in consultation with the traffic police on duty, the congestion could have been reduced.
Violation of traffic violations is also a crime and every police personnel should co-ordinate control such violation by empowering the traffic police.
Saying so the conversion of diesel auto with the electrified engine is indeed a good idea, however, it should not hurt the sentiment of those living on Diesel Auto by putting them financial burdens.