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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IT Correspondent
Guwahati, May 12:

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to kill working journalists around the world, where the global tally reaches at least 1302 victims in 76 countries till the early hours of 12 May 2021.
Brazil with 191 journo-casualties because of novel corona virus infection aggravated ailments still tops the list of victims among journalists narrowly followed by India (173 dead). In the south Asian country, at least 40 journalists died of Covid-19 complications in the last 10 days.
According to Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the Switzerland based media rights & safety body, Peru follows India with 140 media-casualties and Mexico with 109. Below the hundred mark, Colombia lost 57 journalists due to the pandemic, followed by Italy (55), Bangladesh (52), USA, Ecuador (48 each), United Kingdom (28), Dominican Republic (27), Pakistan (26), Turkey (25), Argentina (23), etc.
Since March 2020, the PEC started a corona-ticker to pay tributes to the journalists died of Covid-19 around the world, said Blaise Lempen, secretary-general of PEC www.pressemblem.ch/) adding that journalists have an important role to play in the fight against the virus and hence their safety must be a priority for every nation.
“Journalists are particularly at risk in this crisis as they are continuing their jobs to provide information from the ground. A number of them died for lack of adequate protective measures when performing their duties. We advocate for early vaccinations to journalists on the frontlines and also adequate compensations to the victim families,” stated Lempen.
India is rapidly losing scribes to the pandemic almost four individuals per day, which is alarming, said Nava Thakuria, PEC’s country representative adding that the billion plus nation has lately witnessed the demise of journalists Homen Borgohain, Shiv Anurag Pateria, Sarat Chandra Mangaraj, Kishore Ch Das, Waqar Wizvi,  Arvind Shukla, Umashankar Santhalia, Sant Sharan Awasthi, Vipin Chand, Subhash Mishra, Kaleswaram Sandeep, D Shankar Rao, Rajendra Joshi, Pradeep K Sahu, Shesh N Singh, etc to corona-aggravated ailments. Relatively fewer corona-casualties among journalists are reported from Iran, Russia (21 each), Venezuela (19), Panama (16), Spain, Ukraine (15 each), Bolivia, Egypt (14 each), Honduras (11), Afghanistan,
Nigeria, South Africa, France (9 each), Guatemala (8), Nepal, Nicaragua (7 each), Uruguay (6), Kenya, Paraguay (5 each), Cuba (4), Cameroon, Morocco, Salvador, Sweden, Zimbabwe (3 each), Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Canada,  Ghana, Iraq, Indonesia (2 each), etc.

IT News
Imphal, May 12:

Federation of Haomee , in a statement today set an ultimatum to the government of Manipur for revocation of the 4 point Agreement signed between the Committee on Protection of Mt. Koubru (COPPK) and Minister Letpao Haokip in the presence of Minister Awangbou Nemai on April 20, by May 20.
The FoH term the agreement as a secret agreement and urged the two ministers to revoke the agreement by making it public. The FoH said that the two Ministers of the Manipur government have n right to sign any agreement in connection with Mount Koubru without the consent of the people of Manipur. The statement added that being a forest Minister how could he remain, silent spectators, when deforestation has been taking place and instead poppy plantation are going on Reserved Forest area.

IT Desk
Imphal, May 11:

An organisation called International Human Rights Association (IHRA), which was never heard voicing for the cause of Human Rights of even the various ethnic people of the state or for any cause of violation of Human Rights issues not only in the country but also for any issue related to the world community, in a press statement tried to malign the authentic news report published in this news paper (Imphal Times) on May 9 , 2021 issue under the heading “ Whole of Mount Koubru Range was declared as Reserved Forest Area”.
Reacting to the news report, the so call IHRA stated that “there was no such record of reserved forest in and around 1968 by the name ‘KK Reserved Forest’ in the pre-statehood of Manipur. It is artificial and designed as similar to be true to be believed by the innocent people for buying their trust for the next general election purpose only”. In this regard Imphal Times, once again reiterates that the declaration of KK Reserved Forest area published in the Manipur gazette is on official record with the government.
Imphal Times would like to add that there were only few villages inside and at the periphery of the KK Reserved area declared earlier that was published in Manipur Gazette Extraordinary dated May 26, 1961. The total area covered at that time was about 40 square miles. But due to objection from settlers of that area boundary of the KK Reserve Forest have been reduced to 33 sq. miles.
In 1968 June 3, another official Gazette (Extra ordinary Published by Authority) published after detail enquiry has been made by the then Forest Settlement Officer in accordance with the provision contained in Chapter II of the Indian Forest Act and following that as per an objection received from one subject, the creation of the said areas within the boundary mentioned in the 40 square mile proposed as in the notification dated July 31,1961 has been disposed and another gazette notification was published with the final boundary of the KK Reserve Forest with a area of 33 square miles . These are on government records.
The so call IHRA, in its statement signed by one Mark Thangmang Haokip , who claimed to be the President of the IRHA Manipur Chapter has intimidated not only this newspaper but also the Forest Department of Manipur with indirect threats, by infringing to the freedom of media. . (Leave aside Imphal Times, the Forest department should initiate legal action against the said person for intimidation to govt. department)
In connection with the Koubru Reserved Forest, Government of Manipur published a Gazette notification dated July 24, 1976 covering an area of 54 square Kilometer. This is also on government record.
Without having any evidence, the so called president of the IRHA , Mr. Mark Thangmang Haokip had tried to intimidate and malign the image of this newspaper by spreading fabricated stories against the report and also by trying to defame the Department of Forest, Government of Manipur , using social media platform and even by releasing a press statement to this media house.

IT News
Imphal, May 11:

There has been claimed from certain sections of people regarding the legitimacy of the declaration of the Forest Reserved Area in the post statehood of Manipur on the ground that any such declaration in Hill areas need to get prior approval from the Hill Area Committee (HAC) of the Manipur Legislative Assembly. Whether the condition can be applied in Forest Act or not is left to the law department of the government of Manipur. But on further investigation by Imphal Times it is found that 4 major area of Kangpokpi district were Gram Panchayats under Imphal West ICD Block till June 28 , 2012.
According to the Manipur Gazette (Extraordinary Publication) notification dated June 29, 2012 it has been stated as – “The entries in respect of Gram Panchayats at Sl. No. 25. Koubru Leikha , 26. Toribari , 27. Kalapahar and 28. Santalabari under Imphal West –ICD Block stand deleted”.
What make the then government of Manipur of 2012 made decision to convert it into Autonomous District Council (ADC) is an open secret. But the fact is that the Reserved Area was officially notified before the villages who were reportedly arguing its legitimacy were under Gram Panchayat and the Question of getting prior approval from the HAC does not arise.
It may also be noted that, Imphal Times have official documents– Manipur Gazette (Extraordinary publication) which declared the name of the Gram Panchayats and the respective Pradhans and members. The Gazette was published on February 7, 1968. For the Kanglatombi Gram Panchayat , Ganga Singh Chhetri Nireula of Kanglatombi was the Pradhan and have 10 other members. For the Keithel Manbi Gram Panchayat , Devi Prasad Baskota of Parasol Basti was the Pradhan and have 10 members . As for the Kangpokpi Gram Panchayat , Bhumi Prasad Kha Kharal of kalapahar Bazar was the pradhan. Among the 10 members Yengkhom Bihari Singh of Kangpokpi Bazar , a Meitei was listed. That means that Kangpokpi had been a home of Meitei community in the late 60s or earlier.

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