Rinku Khumukcham

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 2:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh stated that there is no loss in learning different languages adding that our identity will not be compromised in learning languages. He was addressing the gathering at the inaugural ceremony of the “Two months local language training programme of seven languages” at Manipur State Film Development Society, Palace Compound today.
The programme was organised by the Department of Language Planning & Implementation, Government of Manipur.
Continuing his speech, N. Biren maintained that the idea behind the local language training programme is to maintain unity among different communities and go together as one, giving a true meaning of State. If different communities inhabiting the State begin to think only for their respective communities, the meaning of State will be lost, he added.
Mentioning that the programme is a long-term plan of the Government, the Chief Minister continued that we could go deeply in something when learned or expressed in our mother tongue. As an example, he stressed the need for filing of First Information Report (FIR) by police in the local language of complainants adding that the latter can express more precisely in their own languages. Further stating the importance of learning different dialects, he informed that priority would be given to those candidates who know multiple local languages, in recruitment of the State Government’s Job.
Expressing satisfaction that many students applied for the training programme, he even stressed the need to extend the language training programme for elders to create a healthy relationship among different communities. He also expressed the need to include the State’s history in the syllabus of School Students to make our younger generations aware of our history and civilization.
Concluding his speech, N. Biren further raised concern on the worsening of our society, with the absorption of western culture without proper education, knowledge and infrastructure. He also urged all parents and guardians to restrict the usage of mobile phones by their wards only for education and gaining knowledge, as it has become one of the factors for degradation of our society.
Education Minister Th. Basanta Kumar Singh, delivering his presidential speech, appreciated the Chief Minister’s far-sighted vision and for coming up with the initiative of the local language training programme. He continued that the initiative would remain as a significant step in the history of Manipur adding that the same would help in bringing different communities of the State closer to one another.
Stating that the Education Department had taken up many initiatives to improve the education system, the Minister informed that the Department had even sought funds from external funding agencies to improve the infrastructure of educational institutes and to address the shortage of staff. He further informed that the Education Department would come up with new uniforms (T-shits and Check shirts) for Government schools from the next academic session. He also mentioned that a Command & Control Centre had been constructed at Bapupara for real time monitoring of schools and added that the Central Government had also sanctioned Rs. 3 crore for implementation of the same.
Th. Basanta Kumar expressed his hope that the current Government would bring a revolution in the education system of the State, keeping the merit system in the forefront.
It may be mentioned that the 2 months training programme for seven local languages including Meitei, Tangkhul, Poumai, Rongmei, Anal, Paite and Thadou will be held at Johnstone Higher Secondary School on pilot basis. 40 participants will be given training for each language.
Commissioner (Education) H. Gyan Prakash, Director, Department of Language Planning & Implementation L. Nandakumar Singh, Resource Persons, Officials of Department of Education (S) and Department of Language Planning & Implementation, Government of Manipur, participants of training programme also attended the inaugural function.

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Imphal, Dec 2:

Kangleipak Student’s Association (KSA) has warned of serious consequences to all higher Secondary schools in the state if found taking extra charges while filling up form or appearing class XI and class XII final exam other then the fees fixed by the Council of Higher Secondary School Manipur (COHSEM).
A statement by Th. Johnson, Secretary General of KSA said that Authority of COHSEM in consultation with resource academicians had decided the amount required of conduct of the exam and fixed the fees that the student need to pay.
“These fee structures should be followed by all Higher Secondary School”, the KSA said.
On the hand the KSA, however give chances to schools who are against the decision in connection with the fixation of fees. It said that school authorities who are not satisfied with the decision to fixing the exam fee should timely compliant to the COHSEM. Instead of that if the school authority charges fees more the amount fixed by the COHSEM from the students, the KSA will not remain silent, the statement said.

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Imphal, Dec 3:

Under the banner of Nongdol Mamikol, produced by Samir Thingbaijam, Directed by Bishwamittra, and written by Rebika Okram. 
Bishwamittra and Tonthoi were awarded the 3rd Best Direction and Best Actress in the Global Independent Film Festival of India recently held on 30th Nov 2022 at Rabindra Okakura Bhawan, Salt Lake, Kolkata.  
The film will be screened at the 28th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), Non-Competition Section-Short and Documentary Panorama to be held on 15th – 22nd December 2022
The film has also got the official selection at the Northeast India International Film Festival (NIIFF), Nagaland to be held on December 12-13, 2022 at Naithu Resort, Dimapur, Nagaland.
Earlier, Festivus film Fest, Canada has awarded Best film, and Honorable Jury Award at the 11th Delhi Short International Film Festival, 2022.
Eewai has 16 entries in the International Film Festival around the Globe including semi-finalists, finalists and award winners. 
Cinematographer - Romen , Editor - Mohendro, Music Director - Micheal Ngangom, Make-up - Gojen, Light Director - Brojen, Playback – Nganthoi and Subash, Tonthoi, Rashi, Suniti, Henary, Homeshori, Nganthoi are in the cast.

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Imphal, Dec 2:

Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister and Education Minister of Manipur urging the government for inclusion of Manipuri Performing Art (MPA) as an optional paper in Class 9 and 10 of BOSEM and introduction of Manipur’s Sagol (Pony) Riding as mandatory Co-Curricular activities as well as practical of MPA and Thang-ta in School Education.
“ In the interest of the students of Manipur, DESAM) is submitting herewith the proposal to Government of Manipur for opening an optional paper of MPA (Manipuri Performing Art) in class 10-0 and Pony Riding Course in School Education. As a matter of Policy of the State Government as well as a follow up action of NEP 2020 optional papers of Manipuri Performing Art may be introduced in the school of Manipur from 9 to 10 standards to enable the students to understand and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of their own state before they do undergraduate in different fields of their choice. The Manipur Pony Conservation and Development Policy also encouraged for introducing the Pony Riding to the students so as to popularize the Pony amongst the youths of state of Manipur”, the memorandum stated.
It further added that the National Education Policy 2020 of India focuses in different aspects which would promote language and culture of every community. In NEP (4:31) local contents and flavor are clearly mentioned to Incorporate in the school curriculum. It is also mentioned very clearly that cultural awareness and expression are among the major competencies considered important to develop In children, in order to provide them with a sense of identity, belonging, as well as an appreciation of other cultures and identities. It is through the development of a strong sense and knowledge of their own cultural history, arts, languages and traditions that children can build a positive cultural identity and self-esteem. Thus, cultural awareness and expression are important contributors both to individual as well as societal well being (NEP 2020, 22:2), Schools/school complexes will be encouraged to hire local eminent persons or experts as “master instructors” in various subjects, such as in tradition local arts, vocational crafts, etc (NEP 20205:6).
The DESAM memorandum also stated that performing arts of a community is a mirror that reflects the culture and value system of the community, performing art is the window through which one can see the cultural history of the society.
“Manipur is well known for her unique and rich cultural heritage. Her culture represents the perfect blending of aesthetic and ethical aspects in an extraordinary way which are very much necessary to cultivate in the present education policy of the State as well as the Nation. The famous Manipuri Rasa Dance which has been one of the classical dances of India and the Sankirtana of Manipur which has been listed in the Intangible Heritage of UNESCO are the clear examples of the aesthetic aspects of Manipur culture while the international famed ‘hockey on horseback’ later came to be known as ‘Polo’ and Manipuri Thang Ta (Indigenous martial arts of sworn and spear) are the clear examples of chivalry and ethical aspects of Manipuri culture.
On other hand, The importance and significance of Manipuri Sagol (Pony) which is also a part of our History, Culture and Identityis in critical stage and became endangered, It is the need of the hour to introduced a Pony riding course to the school education so that the new generation could understand the strong sense of our own cultural identity, belongingness and self esteem”, it said.
In UPSC (IAS) Main Exam paper of Manipuri, there are units on performing arts, such as, Lai Haraoba, Maha Rasa, Indigenous games-Sagol Kangjei, Khong Kangjei, Kang, Legend, Folk tale, Folk Song, Ballad etc. However, many of our students are quite unaware of the performing arts. It is strongly felt that with the aim and objective to promote and preserve rich cultural heritage of Manipur within the Institutional mechanism, optional paper on Manipuri Performing Arts may be introduced in phase-wise in High School and Higher Secondary level in order to provide the students a sense of identity, belonging, as well as an appreciation of other cultures and identities.
The curriculum of the Performing Arts may be In the following: 1. Dances of Manipur: Traditional Dances of Manipur including the tribal dances,Classical Dances of Manipur. 2. Music: Folk Song, Musical Intruments, Khongjom Parva, Moirang Parva, NarrativeArt (Wan liba), pena etc. 3. Manlpuri Sankirtana, the Intangible Heritage (UNESCO) 4. Lai haraoba, Laithou Touba. 5. Theatre, Sumang Kumhei. 6. Art of Arambai, Sagol Kangjel, method and technique of Pony Riding etc.

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