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, Sept 19:

A senior Journalist of a reputed International News Agency today kills news story which he had done in-depth news coverage in connection with the visit of the National General Secretary of the Lok Janna Shakti Party (LJP) after a political worker of the party allegedly tried to bribe him for extensive news coverage.
With the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly Election knocking at the door, political parties and their candidates along with the supporters are gearing up election campaigns amid Covid-19 Pandemic which is still unable to be put under control. For the National level Political party, the commonly seen phenomenon is giving warm reception and exposure of their leaders visit through media. Reporters doing political beat often are busy covering news reports about the visit of political party leaders either by attending press conferences or by taking bites wherever possible. There were criticism and allegations of giving larger coverage for larger political parties and small space for smaller political party’s leaders’ visits. Above this what is shocking is about the allegation of media persons being bribed by political party workers. Whether the rumours about journalists being paid for news coverage is true or not is yet to be verified but the actual event that happen today in Imphal today is that a senior journalist of a reputed International News Agency today kills news story in connection with the visit of a high profile leader of a National Political Party after a party worker tried to bribe him for doing the extensive news coverage of their party leader at Imphal Airport today.
The senior journalist is popularly known as Chinglen, who has been working for a reputed International News Agency wrote on his Facebook page that the act of the political workers has made his whole effort of covering the event as mockery.
“One may agree with me or not. It was a very disgusting moment, a direct insult to our professional ethics, during an event covering a national party leader of LJP arriving at Imphal, one of the workers of the State chapter rush towards me to bribe me with a few amount wrapped in a white envelope, while I was about to leave the area. Likewise, I think he might have approached others too and paid them. Though the leader might not be aware of that. However, I felt, this as a direct insult to my professional ethics. So, I’ll not file the story. Making my whole effort of covering the event as a mockery”, Chinglen names his profile Ching Len K Laik on Facebook.
Talking to ‘Imphal Times’ Chinglen said that he is against any form of paid news and he will keep fighting for the cause of journalism.
Interestingly the LJP leader which arrived at Imphal Airport today is identified as Ruchida Sharma, the one and the only person from not only Manipur but from the entire North-East states to hold a top post in the LJP. He was appointed as the LJP General Secretary by Union Minister Pasupati Kumar on August 31. His visit is to strengthen the LJP in the state.

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Imphal, Sept 19:

Directorate of Veterinary & A.H. Services of the Government of Manipur has appealed to owners of Pony Colt and horse to lose them to their respective sheds or compound to avoid inconveniences created to the people of the state. It may be mentioned that many Pony is seen loitering in the middle of the road here in Imphal city creating traffic congestion at many of the places.
In an appeal by the Director of Vety. & Animals Husbandry Services, Govt. of Manipur, it is stated that the number of livestock especially horse and ponies colt let loose by their owners and thereby straying on the roads of Imphal city are not only nuisance causing inconveniences to the public but also have been a cause of several motor accidents leading to even loss of life.
The order appealed to the owners of horse and ponies colt, who have facilities or no proper facilities to take care of their animals to avail facilities provided by the Government of Manipur located at Marjing Pony Complex at Pangei, Imphal East Manipur.
Further, the Director, Vety & A. H. Services, Ch. Nandakishore informed the owners of the ponies and horses that loose of the livestock especially horses and ponies on the streets is not only a penal offense liable to be prosecuted under the Indian Penal Code, 1973 but also under the provisions of the Cattle-Trespass Act, 1871.

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Imphal, Sept. 19:

A team of Kuki Students’ Organisation Chandel district led by Mangvung Benjamin Haokip General Secretary along with KSO Kana block recently visited the newly inaugurated Sajik Tampak Primary Health Centre at Kana Area. The KSO Chandel exalts with the people of the Kana area on having a properly established hospital in the area. This progress will relieve the people from the difficulties of going to faraway hospitals in case of emergency.
Kana area being a far-flung area degraded by the long presence of insurgent groups, the KSO highly exuberates. at the progress and also the ongoing developmental projects. The team also had interactions with the staff ‘on myriad issues including the matters of required medical equipment and necessity items.
The people and the student organization thank Minister WR & YAS, Letpao Haokip, DC Chandel, CMO Chandel District, and Managing Director New Life Trust for taking the initiatives and effort in the establishment of the hospital. it’s all because of them that the project fructifies to a fully functioning hospital. The people also request the honourable benefactors to further give importance to the PHC in its infrastructure, supply of medical equipment in the future.
The KSO Chandel also conveys appreciation to Dr. Esther Thokehom, MO i/c and her staff for making impressive progress in the past few years making the area self-reliant in the field of medicine and treatment. We also acknowledge their sacrifices and endless efforts in keeping the area safe, especially during the covid19 pandemic.
Encouraging the staff to continue doing the good work and hoping for a greater positive change in the future, we wish them a healthy life and a happy stay.

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Bishnupur, Sept 12:

As part of the month long observation of Rashtriya Poshan Maah 2021, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani led a plantation of medicial plants and fruit bearing saplings at District Panchayat Resource Centre in Bishnupur today. The Union Minister also launched Anaemia Screening Camp before flagging off a POSHAN cycle rally from DC Bishnupur Office Complex. Anganwadi workers and anganwadi helpers participated in the cycle rally.
Delivering a keynote address on the occasion, Smriti Zubin Irani said that nutrition is a concern not only for a mother or a doctor but for the economy and community as a whole. Reiterating that the objective of Poshan Maah is to highlight that the first two years of a child’s life is crucial, she said that we can be a strong and prosperous nation when all women and children are totally nourished and healthy. Strong community is only possible if we can fight malnourishment together as citizens. Expressing gratitude that Bishnupur has stepped up Poshan initiatives, she opined that the challenges on malnutrition can be fought effectively through dedicated efforts from anganwadi workers and helpers. Lauding the contributions of COVID warriors of Bishnupur, Smriti Zubin Irani remarked anganwadi workers and helpers as no less than a warrior as they provide services at the doorsteps to young children, pregnant and lactating mothers even in the face of Covid pandemic.
Later, Union Minister Zubin Irani flagged off Poshan Walk at INA Memorial in Moirang to spread awareness on the nutritional needs for children, pregnant women, lactating mothers. She also paid floral tribute to the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
While interacting with anganwadi workers and helpers at INA Moirang, the Union Minister announced that all anganwadi workers in the State will be provided with a smartphone as growth monitoring device within three weeks from now. Expressing that the Ministry of Child and Women Development is committed in supporting all anganwadi workers in the country, the Union Minister assured anganwadis that they will no longer be overburdened with extra workloads as they are given an honorarium only.
Dignitaries attending today’s twin events include Rajya Sabha MP Maharaja Sanajaoba Leisemba, Oinam A/C MLA L. Radhakishore, Moirang A/C MLA P. Sharatchandra, Indevar Pandey, Secretary of Women and Child Development, Government of India, N. Geoffrey, Secretary of Social Welfare, Ngangom Uttam, Director, Social Welfare, DC Bishnupur Krishna Kumar and other officials.

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