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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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Chief Minister says each person irrespective of age should get 4 kg of rice; In Keishamthong Assembly constituency people who are not in voter list have to remain hungry

IT News
Imphal, March 29
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh once more reiterated that each person in every assembly constituency should get 4 Kg of rice and that every MLA has been requested to keep strict vigilance to make sure that no one remains hungry during the nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
In a press conference held at the Chief Minister’s Office today morning, the Chief Minister said that the rice is being distributed from the NFSA share of April month and that the government will pay for it. However, according to NFSA each cardholder is entitled 5 Kg of rice per month but to make sure that every person gets their food the government decided to distribute 4 Kg of rice free of cost.
Spokesperson of the state government Th. Bishwajit had also announced the same on March 23 saying that the state cabinet had resolved to distribute NFSA rice to every person free of cost from the share of April. He also stated that people with CMHT will also get the rice equally.
Chief Minister’s reiteration and Government spokesperson statement turn out to be the greatest joke for the people living in Keishamthong Assembly Constituency as people who are not in the electoral roll are denied from getting their share. Those who are staying in rent and those people below 18 years have to remain hungry during the lockdown as they have not been provided the share announced by the Chief Minister of Manipur and the Government spokesperson.
A lady from Keishamthong Longjam Leirak today, today called up to Imphal Times saying that she had two sons whose name is yet to be enlisted in the voter list due to underage.
“The agent said only I will get 4 kg of rice while my two sons will not get it, so I return without taking my share as my two sons eat more than me”, a widow who lives on hand to mouth said.
She also added that she rather die of hunger with her sons instead of letting her sons with an empty stomach.
An agent who came to a family of 5 (five) members but with only one in the voter list said that he will give only for the person in the voter list, Among the five members three are enrolled in the voter list of Sugnu Assembly constituency while two are yet to be enrolled in the voter lists due to underage even though they are fully grown up.
In a crisis, many have voluntarily come out to extend helping hand to the poor and needy but some people including the representative of the people are playing politics taking advantage of the crisis.
“If the Chief Minister thinks that people in Keishamthong Assembly constituency are his people too he should directly interfere with the problem being faced by the people”, another person relayed a video message to Imphal Times.

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MLA Th. Shyamkumar disqualified from the membership of Manipur Legislative Assembly

IT News
Imphal, March 28

Speaker’s Tribunal of the Manipur Legislative Assembly today disqualified MLA Thaonaojam Shyamkumar from the membership of State Legislative assembly for defecting his parent political party.
Th. SHyamkumar had defected from the Congress to the BJP after Assembly elections in Manipur in 2017, which he had contested as a Congress candidate. The Congress had won 28 seats in the elections and the BJP got 21. However, the BJP allied with National People’s Party to form a government, and Singh joined them. He was made the minister of forest and environment.
The Congress filed an application of disqualification against him but Khemchand did not take any action, after which a writ petition was filed. Singh was also suspended from the party for six years.
On March 18, the Supreme Court had barred Singh from entering the Legislative Assembly, and ruled that he would cease to be a minister immediately. The order was passed after the top court noted that despite its direction to the Manipur Speaker in January to decide on the 13 disqualification petitions pending against Singh within four weeks, no such decision had been taken.
“It is established beyond doubt that the respondent had voluntarily given up the membership of the Indian National Congress,” the order passed by the Speaker said on Saturday. “Hence, this tribunal came to the conclusion that the respondent had clearly violated the provision of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India and is liable to be punished as per the provision of the Constitution to uphold the dignity of democracy and the mandate of the people”.
The Congress welcomed the disqualification. “Nobody can go against our Indian Constitution,” party MLA K Meghachandra said. “Protecting the Constitution is respecting democracy. I welcome the justice delivered by the Speaker but it is too late as it has already affected the democratic rights of the people.”
Ahead of the Speaker’s decision, Singh had tendered his resignation on Thursday.

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At Keishamthong AC Ward No. 13 only those in the voter list gets 4 Kg of rice

IT News
Imphal, March 28

Unlike in Thangmeiband AC, not all people of Ward. No. 13 of Keishamthong Assembly Constituency get not even 5 kg of rice. Only those in the voter list gets 4 Kg of rice m by deducting 1 Kg which should be provided. Those who are not in the voter list have to spend hungry without food as they have not been provided the rice assured by the government. Those people who are under 18 years of age residing at the wards are supposed to live without rice at this time of crisis.

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3students’ bodies urge Chief Minister to introduce online learning for students; submits memorandum

IT News
Imphal, March 28

Three students’ bodies of the state – the All Nga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM), Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS) and the Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM), have urged the Chief Minister of Manipur to introduce online learning for students in colleges and Universities and also drew attention on the need for introduction of teaching learning process for children.
A memorandum signed by the representatives of the three students’ bodies has been submitted to the Chief Minister today afternoon.
In the memorandum, it is stated that the University Grant Commission also advice the teachers and students to utilize the time productivity by engaging in On-line learning while maintaining social distance and staying in the confined home/hostels as we are combating Covid 19.
The memorandum showing concern about the need for continuation of teaching learning process stated that in order to improve the teaching-learning process for kids, which is specially necessary for small kids who are not attending schools as all schools are closed due to the lock-down. The proposal is not only for the specific lock-down period but should be a continuing process. For small kids . it is not only the school which can impart knowledge and skill but many including life skills are learnt from home and locality.
The memorandum also suggested to use variety of technologies including Cable TV by developing expert team.

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