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, April 28:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today expressed serious concerns over the deteriorating condition of Mount Koubru. Speaking during a meeting with the Forest Minister and other officials of the department conducted at CM Darbar Hall today, the Chief Minister said that he feels like crying in seeing the conditions of Mount Koubru which is a reserve forest area.
“No trees are seen and even the roots have been uprooted in the Mount Koubru range”, N. Biren Singh said. He added that we human beings are the worst enemy of nature . He also blamed the government employees, particularly those in the Revenue and Forest departments. He said none of the government employees rendered their duty with sincerity.
He said that illegal encroachers were provided fake Patta in wetland and other forest areas of the state. Those illegal encroachers have been using pesticides and other chemicals to the lakes and forest areas which later cause severe diseases to the man kinds.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 18:43

Is Social Media - A Reliable HR Tool ?

By - Kaustov Kashyap

Social media has improved the way employers and recruiters hunt for new talent. If you are not embracing and utilizing the power of this digital arena for your hiring efforts, you could probably stay behind in the game
The upswing of social media has significantly changed the way people communicate personally or professionally. Social media has witnessed an unparalleled surge over the last few years and has redefined the way we use the internet. Every organization’s structure is undergoing a rapid change and so is Human Resources (HR). Despite playing multiple roles like interviews, onboarding, training etc., the primary role of HR is classified as recruiting quality candidates to the company. With a growing acceptance of digital consumption businesses are swiftly moving to the online channels broadening the scope of online communication. 
Over the last few years, digital tools like blogs, social networks, video sharing, and websites have changed the landscape of the internet, becoming key tools for network building and knowledge gaining sharing. Social media platforms have taken the world by storm over the last decade. Along with this, it has also become a popular trend amongst HR professionals to tap potential candidates on various channels like LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster, Facebook etc. moreover, there are numerous digital tools available to automate and streamline the recruitment process. Below are a few methods of maximizing the use social media for achieving desired results.
Pick the right platform to hire the best talent: Finding high performing resources to the company can be one of the difficult tasks as it is vital for a recruiter to hire candidates who are capable and best fit for your requirement and even company culture. Depending on your requirements, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter can be the most preferred apps, but there may be times when these top choices may not fulfill your needs. At times, it is imperative to focus and try not to overlook the power of other platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. Make sure to maintain a moderate presence on each platform while measuring the effectiveness individually.
Clarify available positions and requirements: Job descriptions are the first formal communication with your job applicants. Simple, concrete and well-written descriptions drive potential candidates to your landing page and apply for the respective jobs. Composing all possible duties and tasks for the required position and explaining the role in a clear and specific manner to the candidate, is a clear win-win situation for both parties.
Aim to maintain your business reputation by proofreading any details you post online. While it may seem like an obvious final step in writing a piece, even a single grammatical mistake can drive away the required applicant.
Build your brand as a best place to work: Any employee would want to feel connected to the workplace and its culture. Thus, companies investing time and effort in their existing employees’ careers are rewarded with hardworking and dedicated individuals who care about their business success. Showcase your company’s initiatives on your digital platforms, ask your current employees to leave positive feedback or remarks on your profiles. 
Making a strong first impression with potential employees goes a long way in building a brand’s reputation.
LinkedIn and its evolution: With over 600+ million users today, LinkedIn has emerged as the number one resource for job seekers, businesses, and all professionals out there. It’s a space where you can get immediately seen and noticed by a potential candidate. Creating a strong brand profile on this platform, networking and sharing thought leadership will drive lead generation and direct access to your business.
Understanding the new generation workforce: The digitally equipped workforce not only expects but demands the workplace to be more human and personalized to each employee. They just don’t work for the paycheck but rather for the culture and opportunity to get recognized. If these goals aren’t being met, they show no hesitation to switch the company.
Thus, building a strong and positive presence on the digital platforms with employee engagement content will help gain promising candidates.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021 18:38

Sailing towards choppy waters

By - Yambem Laba

The United Naga Council of Manipur has declared that chief minister N Biren Singh’s government is not welcome in the state’s hill areas. For some time, the CM’s programme of “Go to the Hills and Go to the Villages” had succeeded in bringing the administration to the doorsteps of people in those areas. Every month, various officials, ranging from health personnel to people from the revenue department, would be present there.
But Biren Singh went one step further to organise Cabinet meetings in the district headquarters of the hill areas by rotation. By the looks of it, the exercise seemed a good one, but the last meeting was held on 15 January 2021 in the newly created Kamjong district, carved out of Ukhrul.
The UNC have said recently that henceforth no Cabinet meeting or “Go to the Hills” programme would be allowed in the Naga areas of Manipur.
They contended that they have been opposing the creation of new districts in the state but even so, at the end of 2016, then CM O Ibobi Singh of the Congress Party did just that. For the last five decades, Nagas in Manipur have been opposing the bifurcation of the Naga-dominated Senapati district.
The plans to create Sardar Hills district out of Senapati had led to numerous economic blockades and bandhs in the state.
The Nagas had signed four Memoranda of Understanding with the state government, first in 1981, followed by 1992, 1996 and 1998. In 2011, the Government of India had intervened and asserted that all stakeholders, including Naga bodies, would be consulted before any new creation. But Ibobi Singh went two steps further by not only dividing Senapati but also Chandel, Tamenglong, Ukhrul and Churachandpur and created Jiribam, adding a total of seven new districts.
The only solace he gave the Nagas after splitting Senapati was calling the new district Kangpokpi and not Sadar Hills. The Nagas were up in arms and called for a rollback. With the 2017 Assembly elections already announced, restrictions by the Election Commission of India was cited as an administrative roadblock.
Then a change of guard took place at Imphal with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government assuming office. The ruling coalition had the support of four legislators belonging to the Naga People’s Front, National Socialist Council of Nagaland (I-M)’s over ground political outfit, while the UNC served as a mouthpiece for the Nagas of Manipur in the form of a civil society organisation. Although the NPF maintained a studied silence over the new districts, it egged the UNC on to raise the issue. An accommodating Biren Singh government agreed to hold tripartite talks in the presence of the Union home ministry and two such meetings were held in Senapati.
The latest furore erupted after the Manipur Cabinet, on 27 March 2021, decided to hold elections to the Autonomous District Councils in the hill areas including the newly created districts.
The UNC released a statement and asked the state government to expunge the resolutions arrived at during its Cabinet meeting in Kamjong. It further stated that deliberations relating to the creation of the new districts are still on and yet to be concluded, even after six rounds of talks at the political level to resolve the issue.
The UNC, which has been calling for the amalgamation of the Naga areas of Manipur, on the lines of the greater Naga Lim demand of the NSCN (I-M), must be in a quandary now.
The Centre’s interlocutor and Nagaland Governor RN Ravi has also hardened his stance against the NSCN (I-M) leadership over a lot of issues including the plans for Naga Lim. Elections to the various ADCs have been overdue for about a year now.
Putting pressure on the state government to hold the polls soonest is the All Tribal Students Union of Manipur, which had called for a total shutdown of the hill tribal areas recently. On the other hand, the newly formed Demand Committee on Creation of Autonomous District Councils has urged the Manipur government not to kowtow before the UNC, which they think is aiming to deprive citizens residing in the newly created districts of Pherzawl, Kamjong, Noney, Tengnoupal and Kangpokpi.
The DCCADC appealed to the UNC not to stand in the way of the development policy of the state government. It also reminded how the third Naga People’s Convention had declared elections to the Autonomous District Councils in 2011 as null and void and prevented the functioning of the Councils in Naga areas. Biren Singh’s predecessor Ibobi Singh was a persona non grata in the Naga areas of Manipur during his 15- year-rule.
Matters reached a head when he blocked the entry of NSCN (I-M)’s supremo, Thuingaleng Muivah into Manipur. He had barricaded the state’s two road entry points at Mao and Jessami and posted police commandos there.
An open letter was sent to the Centre that notwithstanding talks between the Government of India and the Naga rebel outfit, Muivah would be arrested if he set foot on Manipuri soil, which was his place of birth and where he was on the “wanted list” of rebel leaders according to a notification issued earlier by the state’s home department.
A sulking Muivah turned his cavalcade back from just two kilometres of the Mao Gate and returned to Hebron Camp near Dimapur. The antipathy of the Nagas towards Ibobi Singh reached its nadir when sometime in October 2016, he flew to Ukhrul, Muivah’s home district, to inaugurate a hospital.
As soon as his helicopter landed, his entourage was fired at and the CM had to return to Imphal. The NSCN (I-M) retaliated thereafter through its frontal organisation, the UNC, which blocked the two main National Highways that connect Manipur with the rest of India, one via Nagaland and the other through Assam.
The oft-repeated reason was the fear of bifurcation of the Nagadominated Senapati district and creation of a Kuki-dominated Sardar Hills district.
The blockade’s effect, which ran for almost 100 days from 1 November 2016, was devastating.
All essential items including life-saving drugs, baby food and aviation turbine fuel went out of stock in Manipur and the Indian Air Force had to fly in relief materials on numerous occasions. But then Ibobi Singh pulled the rug from under the feet of his Naga detractors.
In a swift midnight operation, he announced the creation of six new districts in the hill areas. While other communities welcomed the CM’s move, it amounted to showing a red cloak to a raging bull for the Nagas.
With elections to the Manipur Legislative Assembly due next year, each ethnic group seems to be falling back on its earlier formula of saying no to the demands and aspirations of other tribes or groups.
That said, much like Ibobi Singh, Biren Singh’s relationship with the Nagas also seems to be sailing towards choppy waters.

IT News
Imphal, April 26:

Federation of Haomee, a civil body of indigenous Manipuri people has submitted a memorandum to the Union Home Minister of India, Mr. Amit Shah urging him to identify the bearers of a bogus organisation called Indigenous Manipur Tribal Student Union which had submitted a letter to the same Ministry to declare the Federation of Haomee as an outlaw.
Speaking to media persons at Manipur Press Club, President of the HAOMEE, Yumnamcha Jadumani said that the so-called Indigenous Manipur tribal Student Union comprises of only Kuki community, and is stated to have been based in Delhi, without giving detailed official address.
“All the three signatories, to the letter dated April 20, 2021, submitted to the Union Home Minister are Kukis and none of the Indigenous Community of the state has been a member of the said organisation”, Jadumani said.
In connection with the present imbroglio at Mount Koubru, Jadumani said that the Federation of Haomee has no interest in either construction of Shrine or temple but the organisation’s demand to preserve all Historically important sites which are related with the origin of all Manipuri indigenous people either at Thangjing or at Koubru remains unchanged. The Federation of Haomee has been demanding for declaration of the sites as a Heritage site.
Over the issue that has been creating chaos and misunderstanding among the people of the state, Jadumani said that the state government should evict all encroachers from Mount Koubru, as it has been already declared as a Reserved Forest area. He also strikes a wake-up call to all concerned authorities to the sudden rise of many villages in and around the Koubru and Kangpokpi area and appealed to the government to flush out some of the camp of armed group KNF that has been established in and around the Koubru range.
“The government needs to check on how many legal weapons are being provided to the villages around and inside Koubru Reserved forest area and should seize all illegal weapon possessed by the villagers”, Jadumani said indicating the reality that has been happening in the ground.
He also cautions all concerned authorities about the massive deforestation that has been seen taken up for plantation of Poppy plant in Koubru range. Why should alien organisations who are not even the indigenous people of the state be the authority to control the Koubru range? Why should the indigenous people of the state which has cultural linkage with Mount Koubru be controlled by outsiders which are known only in the 18/19th Century, Jadumani asked.
In regards to the letter submitted to the Home Minister for declaring HAOMEE as outlawed, the Federation in its memorandum submitted to the Home Minister said that the Federation of Haomee (FoH) is a civil society formed by the Yelhoumees (Aborigines/ Autochthonous people of Manipur) namely the Meeteis and the Nagas established with an objective to strengthen the rights and voice of Aborigines under the provisions of the Constitution of India. It stated that the allegations by the bogus ‘body’ are false and the so call Indigenous Manipur Tribal Union could be treated as a group of Kuki Sticlers who come out to defame the Federation of Haomee and for hindering the Haomee’s social activities of peace.
Yazing Vicisy, Secretary General of the Haomee Federation signed the memorandum which was submitted to the Union Home Minister.

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