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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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RIMS advertisement for recruitment of Asst. Prof. Clinical Psychology upsets candidate

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Imphal, Aug 16,

“It is not fair, it seems that they already had selected before doing the interview as they have set the eligibility criteria in such a way that they can pick the one at their will and not at the merit and qualification of the candidates”, an M.Phil student of Clinical Psychology who is teaching at a University outside the state told Imphal Times over phone sending the advertisement notice issued for recruitment of two Assistant Professors at the Clinical Psychology Department, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).

As per the notice issued by the Deputy Director RIMS, dated August7, 2019, a walk-in-interview for selection of suitable persons for the post of 2 Assistant Professors (on contract basis) of Clinical Psychology, RIMS will be held on August 23, 2019 at 11 am in the conference Hall of Jubilee Hall RIMS. Eligibility criteria for the post is notified as M. Phil in Clinical Psychology, with 3 years teaching experience in the subject in a recognized Medical College.

“Why the eligibility criteria should by 3 years teaching experience in a recognized Medical College and why not at any of the University or Colleges”, the student old Imphal Times and added that this a pre plan notification. Some Authority at the RIMS are trying everything to select the candidate of their choice, it added.


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State joins Nation in Celebrating 73rd Independence Day; CM urges people not to bring in illegal migrants

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Imphal, Aug 16,

Manipur joined the nation in celebrating the 73rd Independence Day yesterday amidst general strike called by various armed outfit of the region.
The State level celebration was held with Chief Minister N. Biren Singh hoisting the National tricolour amid playing of National Anthem at the 1st Battalion Manipur Rifles ground.
The Chief Minister reviewed the guard of honour and later took salute from 57 march-past contingents of BSF, CRPF, Mizoram Police, civil police, India Reserve Battalion, Manipur Fire Service, Home Guards and VDF personnel, NCC and Scouts Cadets, Government Department employees, college and school students etc. Three cultural troupes from Government Dance College, Kabui Naga Dramatic Union and Lamhil Kuki Cultural Research Centre also participated in the celebration. Assistant Director of Manipur Police Training College (MPTC) Sarangthem Asana, MPS, was the parade commander. Nine band platoons of different security forces, Home Guards and Sainik School also took part in the colourful march past.
Speaking on the occasion, N. Biren Singh expressed serious concern over detection of issuing Aadhar cards to Rohingya intruders. It could have never been possible without the involvement of State natives, the Chief Minister opined. Urging all the indigenous people of the State to live together harmoniously and peacefully, N. Biren Singh appealed to all concerned to shun all forms of bad intention and not to indulge in any activity which may put the future of Manipur at stake. He observed that all the indigenous people of the State should never allow them to guide by short term gains at the cost of future of Manipur.
N. Biren Singh said that that passing of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, popularly known as the Triple Talaq Bill and the recent abrogation of Article 370 and 35A had made this year’s Independence Day celebration more meaningful. Terming Central Government’s move as historic, the Chief Minister opined that the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 would empower Muslim women and enable them to enjoy their rights. On the other hand abrogation of Article 370 and 35A would bring Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh to the path of development.
The Chief Minister said that India has gained acceleration in advancement with the effective implementation of different schemes and plans formulated with a far-sighted vision. Swachh Bharat Mission has made the country neat and clean, he said while adding that Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana has been able to help poor and needy in getting quality health care. People from different quarters expressed apprehension about the success of Ayushman Bharat scheme earlier. However, it has now become hugely popular and thriving due to the firm commitment and conviction of the present Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister said. Under PM Kisan scheme, an income support of Rs.6000 per year is being provided to small and marginal farmer families having combined land holding/ownership of up to 2 hectares, the Chief Minister said.  
N. Biren also said that the Government of India had strengthened the armed forces to safeguard the integrity of the country. The world has seen India’s capability in Science and Technology as well with the recent successful launch of Chandrayan-II, he added.
The Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been focussing on development of infrastructure and connectivity.
In Manipur as well, the Chief Minister said, necessary steps to upgrade Imphal-Jiribam and Imphal-Moreh roads to four-lane highways are being taken up. Construction of Makru and Barak bridges are also nearing completion, he added. On the other hand, helicopter services to Moreh, Jiribam and Tamenglong would resume as soon as possible, he said while informing that trial landings at Moreh and Jiribam had already been conducted.
Though Manipur has also achieved many milestones of development being a part of the vast and strong India, the State still needs to work hard to enhance the State’s economy and improve connectivity infrastructures, communication and conditions of children and women etc, the Chief Minister said. He also said that the Government has a firm commitment to bring equal development in all parts of the State to regain emotional integrity between hill and valley.

As suggested by the State Government, Union DoNER Ministry had introduced Hill Area Development Fund for the States having both valley and hill areas, the Chief Minister. As Tamenglong was included among 82 districts of the country selected under the scheme, the district had received Rs. 90 crore additional fund for development, he informed. The Chief Minister said, he had requested the DoNER Secretary to bring all the hill districts of the State under the ambit of HADF. District-wise DPR is being prepared for submission to DoNER Ministry in this regard, the Chief Minister informed. N. Biren Singh also said that banking services and communication facilities like mobile connectivity had been enhanced in hill districts.
He also said that all the newly inaugurated women markets in hill districts except Chandel had started functioning as problems besieging vendor allocation had been sorted out. Now, the State Government is focusing on rain water harvesting considering the woes faced by people due to acute water scarcity during dry season, the Chief Minister said. In this regard, he added, rain water harvesting projects had been taken up at seven different places.
Stating that being a democratic country, the Government needs to attend to people’s complaints and grievances, the Chief Minister said that the State Government introduced ‘Go to Hill’ and ‘Go to Village’ missions to understand people’s sufferings. With the inputs and suggestions received from the public, the State Government had formulated another noble mission known as ‘School Fagathansi’ with an aim to improve the condition of Government schools. He said that foundation stones for development of additional infrastructure in selected 60 schools under the mission would be laid simultaneously on August 17. The Chief Minister also mentioned about the urgent need for shifting of Government schools located at the congested areas of Imphal to other suitable areas.
The Chief Minister also handed over medals, commendation certificates and trophies to different armed personnel, Government employees and civilians at the occasion. Thaimei Gaipuiril Kabui (retired MPS and former CO of 8th IR (CDO) Bn.) was decorated with President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service. Police Medal for Meritorious Service was handed over to 6th IRB Assistant Commandant Loitongbam Ranjit Singh, Havildar Narengbam Kumar Singh of 7th MR and Havildar Longjam Deben Singh of 1st MR. Winners of Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Police Training were Dy. SP Manipur Police Training College (MPTC), Songlianthang Vaiphei, MPS and Havildar Yumnam Manglemjao of MPTC.
Assistant Jailor of Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa K. Abung R/Naga, Female Head Warder of Manipur Central Jail, Imphal, Kh. Mema Devi, Warder of Manipur Central Jail, Imphal, Th. Nabakumar Meitei, and Warder of Manipur Central Jail, Sajiwa S. Unnikrishnan were decorated with President’s Correctional Service Medals for Meritorious Service of Jail Personnel.
Winners of Chief Minister’s Trophy for Community Service were Kakching SP Smt. Victoria Yengkhom, Inspector Ng. Anthony Suresh of Churachandpur Police Station and Constable T.M. Simala Begum. Chief Minister’s Trophy for Anti-Drug campaign were awarded to Narcotics and Affairs of Border S.P. Shri W. Basu, Sub-Inspector N. Minakumari Devi of 9th IR (Mahila) Battalion (attached to NAB) and Head Constable R. Salouni Reubin.
Four villagers of Ramrei village in Kamjong district, who displayed heroic act and extraordinary courage in saving lives and retrieving bodies in Mapithel Dam tragedy which occurred on April 28, 2019 were also rewarded with Chief Minister’s Medal for Bravery (Civil) at the occasion. The medal recipients were L.M. Raingam, Jims Jajo, M.K. Joshua and Vr. Abel, all hailing from to Ramrei village (Kamjong District).
Prizes for Swachh Survekshan, 2019 were also distributed by the Chief Minister. Thoubal Municipal Council won the cleanest town prize in the North East Zone in the category of towns having less than one lakh population. Wangjing Lamding Municipal Council and Kakching Municipal Council received second and third prizes in the same category respectively.
Mayang Imphal Municipal Council received the cleanest town prize in the North East Zone in the category of towns having less than 25 thousand population. Lamlai Municipal Council was adjudged the best city in citizen feedback in North East Zone for towns having less than 25 thousand population while Ningthoukhong Municipal Council received the best city in innovation and best practices in North East Zone prize in less than 25 thousand population category.
Prizes for the 3rd State Level Swachhata Award, 2019 were also handed out. Ukhrul, Tamenglong and Churachandpur received first, second and third prizes for hill districts respectively.  Kakching, Jiribam and Thoubal were adjudged cleanest district headquarters of valley district respectively.
Manipur State Co-operative Bank (MSCB) Managing Director A. Subhash was awarded with Certification of Appreciation in recognition of his outstanding contribution in restructuring MSCB and extending loans to needy eligible persons/entrepreneurs.
It was also announced at the occasion that Inspector General of Police (IGP) Elangbam Priyokumar Singh and 6th IRB Subedar Moirangthem Ibobi Singh have been named for this year’s President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service. 4th IRB Subedar M Dimartan Singh, CID (SB) SI Tuanjahau Simte, 6th IRB Havildar Rongshong Leiyah, MPTC Havildar Lukram Lenin Meetei, MPTC Havildar AS Mayungkhul Zimik, 1st Bn. MR Havildar Sanabam Bishorjit Singh and 1st IRB Rifleman Md Shahid Ahamed have been named for this year’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service. Ministers, MLAs, top civil, police and military officers, Government employees and general public also took part in the celebration.

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Bharat Mata has no place on August 13 celebration

August 13 marks the struggle of Manipur for its sovereignty against British. It is about the battles that the people fought against the columns of British forces that entered the Imphal Valley to colonize Manipur. On August 13, Tikendrajit Singh and Thangal General were hanged by the British for waging war against the British Empire. The day marks the struggle of the people of Manipur in Anglo-Manipur war.
It has been very clear that the struggle was to defend the sovereignty of Manipur, and when Anglo-Manipur war took place in 1891, Manipur was not a part of India. Manipur became a part of India only after the merger agreement of 1949. It will be a historical blunder if we start seeing Anglo-Manipur war in relation to India and start arguing that the war was to defend Bharat Mata from invading British forces.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which is a hindutva right wing cultural organization, which stands behind BJP, has also celebrated August 13. However, sticking to their political ideology, they attempted to paint Anglo-Manipur war as a war to defend the body of Bharat Mata, which is India. Even if we leave aside the fact that there was no Bharat Mata before British left India, we should still acknowledge that Manipur became part of India much later and Manipur was an independent sovereign country before and after the British.
RSS, in their recent August 13 function, placed the photo of Bharat Mata along with the photos of Tikendrajit and Thangal General. Student organizations have banned RSS from ever celebrating the event given that it has defiled the history of Manipur. RSS is not new to changing history of Manipur. It sees the events in history from the lenses of its hindutva or hindu supremacist ideology. When these events do not fit their narrative, they change the event, color the event saffron and present it to the people, twisting history.  

What CM Biren of BJP did in Madhavpur fair in Jaipur, where he tried relating the history of Manipur with India based on harmful myths, is what RSS has always been doing. BJP, being the political wing, have made attempts to paint the history of the oppressed communities, who are now living in this country, according to their line of thinking. Or they will try to downplay the historical significance of the cultural events. We can understand what BJP did on Khongjom day in this context.  
RSS neither has an understanding of struggles that people fought against British nor benefits from remembering them unless they twist them. It does not have any understanding because it never was a part of it. Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, who is one of the icons of RSS, said “Hindus, don’t waste your energy fighting the British, save your energy to fight our internal enemies that are Muslims, Christians and Communists.” We should also remember what RSS leader Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, the author of the book Hindu Rashtra, offered to be a witness for the British against others who have fought against British. Even Atal Bihari Bajpayee, who is taken as a person with a softer version of Hindutva, offered to be a British spy.
RSS in India has never struggled for India against the British and now they want to paint the struggle of Manipur against British as a part of Indian freedom struggle. The people of Manipur should never allow such distortion of history for Hindutva Ideology.

Remembering patriots

As a mark of respect and honour to the great martyrs who had sacrifices for the cause of the nations freedom, August 13 is being observed as the Patriots’’ Day in Manipur. On this day of 1891, 2 great sons of its soil  Bir Tikendrajit and Thangal General were hanged to death by the British at Sahid Minar.
Every stakeholders of Manipuri society and individuals including State government, political parties, educational institutes and people living outside the state observed the day in their own capacity. The main official function of the state government was held at “Shahid Minar”, the site where two patriots’ were hanged till death. They were hanged till death with the charge of waging war against Queen Victoria of England.
Remembering the patriotic spirit of our heroes is very much important but all the more important is to nurture the sense of patriotism among us while observing the ‘Patriots’ Day’. It’s been 128 years that we are observing ‘Patriots’ Day’. However, it seems that we did not think of spending a minute in taking resolutions to follow the footprints of our patriots.

We all know that our forefathers were aware of the strength of the British Empire before they fought with them. However, they decided to fight with the British with a meager army they had just for the sake of their motherland. Their bravery, courage and patriotism were the key factors that inspired them to fight for their land.
Now, it is the time for us to reconsider that whether we will be able to follow the footprints of our forefathers. Do we have the bravery, courage and patriotism that our forefathers had few generations ago? No. Many of us take part in ‘Patriots’ Day’ observation but most of us don’t dream for a better Manipur. We do not learn anything from our forefather. That is why the state of Manipur is deteriorating in many fields day by day. The rise of corruption is one of the examples of deteriorate Manipur. Will our forefathers be happy seeing their descendants committing various crimes including corruption? No. They may be weeping seeing such a situation in their motherland. So, let us take a decision starting from the auspicious day of ‘Patriots’ Day’ to follow the footprints of our forefathers in order to fight against such unwanted crimes in Manipur.