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 Desk
Imphal, May 03:

Even as many states across India including the state of Manipur fail to start the mass vaccination of people who are above 18 years of age from May 1 due to non-availability of vaccines. A report appearing in the All India Radio said that Centre has provided over 16 crore 54 lakh vaccine doses free of cost to states, UTs as of today.
The report said that of the total consumption of doses including wastages is over 15 crore 79 lakh. The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry have said that more than 75 lakh vaccines doses are still available with the States and Union Territories. 
The Ministry has assured that more than 59 lakh 70 thousand vaccine doses will be provided to States and Union Territories within the next three days.
The Health Ministry has said, vaccination is a crucial pillar in the fight against the coronavirus and the third phase of Covid-19 vaccination has already started in the country. The Ministry has informed that the highest numbers of over 14 lakh 25 thousand vaccine doses are available in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar wherein eight lakh 69 thousand doses are left to be administered to the beneficiaries.
However, for those who have registered through the COWIN to get vaccination which was announced on May 1, people in the state could not start vaccination due to the unavailability of the vaccine in the state. The Shija Hospital and Research center have also stopped vaccination today after there was no stock of vaccine in the hospital.
According to source from the State Health department, private hospitals have been directed to procure the vaccine from the Serum Institute of India. However, a source from the private hospitals based in Imphal said that when they contacted the Serum institute to procure the vaccine they were told to get it from their respective state government. Nothing has been clear as of now and the vaccination may delay in the state as there is no way that any private hospital can procure the vaccine without a prior deposit before 7 days, a source said.
It may be mention that the CEO of the Serum Institute of India, Mr. Adar Poonwalla, had gone to the United Kingdom following threats and pressure from various Chief Ministers and powerful Indian Corporate figures. Due to this there are various problems and challenges faced by the Institute in producing and supply of the vaccine to private parties, However, as reported by Telegraph, the CEO is all set to return to India to continue his service in a few days. A source said that after his return the problem of vaccine shortage may be sorted out soon.
Still, people above the age of 18, as well as those above 45, are unlikely to get vaccine in the coming seven days. 

IT Desk
Imphal, May 2:

Ruling parties were poised to return to power in three states with Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress striding way ahead of the BJP in West Bengal while the BJP was comfortably ahead in Assam as was the LDF in Kerala, Election Commission trends indicated on Sunday.
As votes were counted for the assembly polls in four states and one union territory with strict Covid protocols in place, trends indicated that Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK could cede power to arch rival DMK. In Puducherry, the AINRC-led NDA was headed towards power.
The BJP has spearheaded the NDA’s way well beyond the majority mark as the saffron party is leading in more than 74 Assembly seats against Congress-led alliance’s 42 out of a total of 126 seats in Assam. While incumbent Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and state Finance and Health Minister and BJP’s star campaigner Himanta Biswa Sarma won from Majauli and Jalukbari constituencies, respectively, incarcerated anti-CAA activist Akhil Gogoi is leading in Sibsagar seat, suggests initial trends of Assam assembly election results.
The Election Commission began counting votes for the 126 assemblies in Assam elections amid a three-tier security arrangement and strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.
Despite display of all its might, the BJP ruling the centre was unable to oust reigning queen Mamata Banerjee, who remained well entrenched with her party Trinmool Congress (TMC) retaining/leading in 210 seats out of  292 seats in the assembly elections, the results of which were announced on Sunday. The Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday defeated her BJP rival Suvedu Adhikari in Nandigram by over 1,200 votes. 
As the counting of votes for the West Bengal election continues on Sunday, the Election Commission data showed that Trinamool Congress is all set to return to power in the state. Commenting on the possible poll outcome, BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya credited Mamata Banerjee for TMC’s win, saying ‘it seems Bengal has chosen Didi’.
“The TMC won because of Mamata Banerjee. It seems people have chosen Didi. We will introspect what went wrong, whether it was organisational issues, lack of face, insider- outsider debate. We will see what went wrong,” Vijayvargiya said.
Meanwhile, Babul Supriyo and actor Yash Gupta are trailing from Tollygunge and Chanditala constituencies respectively. Locket Chatterjee is also trailing from Chunsura.
TMC ministers Firhad Hakim, Partha Chatterjee and Subrata Mukherjee are leading in Kolkata Port, Ballygunge and Behala West constituencies respectively. 
The Election Commission of India will declare the West Bengal Election Result today. The politically charged state witnessed a high voltage campaign by Mamata Banerjee’s TMC and the resurgent BJP. Though the Left, Congress and Indian Secular Front (ISF) are also in the fray, the West Bengal Assembly Elections are a bipolar contest between the ruling party and the saffron party.
According to the latest figures released by the Election Commission, Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool has extended its lead in 207 Assembly seats, while the BJP is ahead in 78.
On the other hand in Tamil Nadu, with DMK coasting towards victory in the 2021 Tamil Nadu assembly polls on its own as it leads in 119 seats and allies further beef up the tally, the Dravidian party is all set to form government in the state of Tamil Nadu after a decade. 
As per the Election Commission, the DMK is leading in 119 seats on its own. 
If the trend continues till the end, then it will have the majority on its own to form the next government.
 To get a simple majority in the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly, a party should win 118 seats.
In Kerala, the LDF is leading in 95 of the state’s 140 constituencies. The UDF is leading in 43 seats.
The 2021 Kerala assembly election was a one-phase election held on April 6, 2021. The Kerala assembly has 140 seats – so a party or alliance needs to win 71 to form the government, a number the LDF seems to be comfortable crossing.
In these elections, the LDF was looking to retain power while the United Democratic Front (UDF) was hoping to make a comeback. The BJP-led National Democratic Front (NDA) has also launched a vigorous campaign, hoping to improve its vote share.
LDF’s Pinarayi Vijayan has been the chief minister since 2016.

By; Heisnam Lakeshwar Singh
Head (Academic& Admin), JCRE Global College, Babupara, Imphal
Go down to any street catch one person and ask him “do you like the movie, Three Idiots”. You don’t need to hear his reply; I will tell you what he will say, of course he will reply yes. When people watch Three Idiots they find their idiots hidden inside them is provoked and that makes the movie a life story of everyone.Who else do not love their own life story? I mean this movie gives a chance to convince myself that there are always reasons why I failed. It helps me in finding excuses for the failure I faced, and also hope for finding success in future. Oh! Am I too negative? See I too love “three idiots” very much. (Bad that I cannot insert smiley here)Life is so unpredictable because we do not know everything. We do not know everything because that is not possible, that is not possible because the definition of life cannot be answered as we answered in university examination. There are different dimensions for defining our life. We are irrationally predictable and rationally unpredictable. Hmm! I am sure you are confused. Let me come to idiot part. I am neither practicing philosophy nor spiritualism; I am just wasting few minutes of my life trying to vomit what I have been engulfing from last couple of year.
Can I say that I am an idiot because I do not know the answer of the question what comes first, hen or egg? Or am I an idiot because I am thinking of answering this question? But wherever I go and enter I always encounter with this question and at the end I end up with confusion. Now I am 100% sure that you are thinking I am not only an idiot but become a lunatic too. Hen and egg confusion is everywhere; see the example, my/our state Manipur, which is facing lots of problem (which state do not have problem anyway?). Politics is one, worst affected, as many people claim. We follow democratic system of ruling government. We are the people who choose the right candidate. Therefore if something wrong happens we are to be blamed. Same thing is happening at the present case of Covid tsunami. Governmentframe lot of advisory to cut the chain of spreading coronavirus. But who is following the advisory strictly? Similarly, the authority that made the Sops’ and advisories break the same by themselves as reported in the news and social media. Government ban thabal chongba, sumang kumei, and restrict the number of attendee in religious rites to avoid social gatherings; however we all have seen how our so called public leaders (Ministers, MLAs) behaved in some of the recent musical concert and by-election of five assemblies in later part of 2020.Regarding the Mt.Koubru impasses, Chief Minister N. Biren expressed serious concerns over the deteriorating condition of Mt. Koubru. Chief Minister lamented, he feels like crying in seeing the condition of Mt. Koubru, which is reserve forest area. No trees are seen and even the roots have been uprooted in the Mt. Koubru. He blamed the government employee, particularly those in the Revenue and Forest department. He said none of the government employee rendered their duty with sincerity. Aren’t these people employee of his government? It is also said, illegal encroachers were provided fake patta in wetland and other reserve forest area of the state. Then the question is-who is the culprit? Encroachers or fake patta providers? These are”egg and hen confusion”. But when we go deeper into the problem, well educated people, as they claim, says there is not even a single person who is trust worthy and capable, all are same. Again intellectual people says in – order to educate and guide people into right direction we need a very good leader. Since we do not have very good leader our people are confused in choosing right person. Again people are not good so they are not able to choose the right person, they do not give chance to develop a good leader. So people are blamed because government is not capable, and government is weak because people are not good, again the same confusion. Oh! Let me stop here.
We can put this question in international level too, big egg and big hen. The conflict between terrorist group of third world and USA government also can put in the confusion of egg and hen. USA upgrades its military power, they are getting stronger because the problem caused by those terrorist is increasing. When we look from the side of terrorist, so claimed by USA, they are becoming more aggressive and causing lots of problem to USA because USA is getting more aggressive, their military power is expanding. Actually we can put this egg and hen confusion to every problem we face, it is kind of one size fixed all confusion. Starting from your personal problem like relationship with your boyfriend/girlfriend to international level problem. OH! I am sorry to entire chicken species for putting egg and hen in problems alone. Let me try to put them in some positive phenomena also. Everything has to be balanced, bad and good, positive and negative, ugly and beautiful Once one of my friend from Bihar told me, when we were walking post dinner walk, every energy and shapes tends to achieve circular shape because that is the most stable state(noble / inert state). He was talking about the physical things; he was not talking about the procedures and phenomena. But phenomena are also follows the same rule. Good things we do today will come to us again; bad things we faced today will go back to its source again. It means whatever the action we have taken today will give fruit someday (I mean someday for sure, may not be tomorrow). When our moral gets down, because of continuous failure, when we don’t want to wake up in the morning because of fear of reminding the failures, when we breakdown our enthusiasm because of doubts of failure, the simple word “do your duty don’t think about the result” also sometime becomes the best word we ever heard. But this word is not that simple word, it has lots of meaning, the meaning can be found with help of egg and hen’s circular movement. The Alchemist written by Paulo Coelho also talks about it. Where the treasure was found, and would he found the treasure if he did not travel his journey? Beauty and handsome doesn’t measure based on look only; there are various attributes for measuring.

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By - Er. Prabhat Kishore

Developing countries are those which get their independence only after the Second World War. Before the War these countries were under the iron fists of the colonial powers and were exploited ruthlessly by imperialist power. Situation, however, completely changed after the World War; and one-by-one all the countries were free from colonial exploitation.
When the people of the former colonies get their independence, the leaders of those countries started feeling the immediate necessity to remove the colossal poverty of the people. Thus the leaders formulated plan for the development of their country.
The important function in this country was, therefore, to start planning for the economic development so that fresh wealth could be created for distribution to the people to remove their poverty. The duty of the reporters in those countries was to publicize all the details about the development programme, so that people would have known what the government was doing. This is the concept of news in a developing country.
In most of the newspapers, the policy that is pursued is anti-government. The policy makers or the proprietors feel that in order to increase the circulation of the paper an anti-government slant is needed while reporting activities of the government. This is seen even with regard to the reporting or developmental activities. If this policy is pursued, it ultimately creates a feeling of resentment among the masses against the government. It hampers the developmental activities of the government. It must be remembered that developmental activities are primarily at the general wellbeing of the people. If newspaper reports affect the developmental activity, ultimately common man suffers along with it.So, a change in the concept of the news is needed to expedite the development of the country.
There is nothing like absolute freedom of the press. The press enjoys the same freedom of expression and with the same limitation imposed by the requirements of society as available to the common citizen as a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution. Article 19(1 A) of the Constitution provides: “All Citizens shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression”. Article 19(2) recognizes the right of the State to make laws imposing reasonable restriction on the exercise of the right to freedom of speech & expression in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, security of the State, friendly relations with foreign nations, public order, decency or morality, contempt of court, defamation, incitement to an offence, or sedition.
A law limiting the freedom of expression whether of the common man or the press already exists and it is necessary for the reporters and editorial staffs to be familiar with the provision of these laws, specially the Indian Penal Code (IPC), in so far as they relate to the news coverage.
A case of ‘defamation’ can arise over the circulation of a statement by someone containing defamatory references to another person or a corporate body. The fact to be remembered is that the person making the statement is named in the copy and is answerable for it does not get absolved.The use of adjective of defamatory nature with respect to person should be avoided in all circumstances for, however unpopular person may be, the law will always give him protection against defamation.
The concepts underlying ‘Contempt of Courts Act 1971’, as the press is concerned, publication of any matter calculated to scandalize or lower the authority to any court, prejudice or interfere with the due course of judicial proceedings or interfere with or obstruct the administration of justice in any other manner constitute concept.
It is not open to newspaper to publish an item charging a particular judge with corruption, whatever the circumstances, nor can his conduct in court be adversely commented upon. The purpose in arming the courts with such absolute authority to punish people for contempt is the need to maintain the dignity of the courts and to ensure that justice is administered in an atmosphere free from conflict and tension.
By and large the press in India is reputed for its faithful and unbiased coverage of the proceedings of legislatures and the legislatures are generally indulgent to the press.But while they may overlook minor irritants the legislatures individually and legislature as a whole are zealous of their privilege and are bound to take note of serious transgression which includes deliberate suppression or distortion of a member’s speech or other contributions to the proceedings aspersions cast on a member’s behavior in the House, imputation of motive to him for his speech or behavior of the House.
The law on obscenity is set out in Section 292 of the IPC. There is no definition as to what would amount to an obscene publication in this section, but courts, including the Supreme Court, has applied a test according to which a matter may be charged as obscene if it tends to deprave and corrupt those whose minds are opened to such moral influences.
Ethical values are undergoing a change in India, but a news agency is expected to apply to itself a vigorous standard and keep out of its reports anything that can offend decency in life or manners.

(The author is a technocrat & academician)

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