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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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Class XI question leak: FIR lodged, enquiry begins

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Imphal, Feb 24

Education Minister Th. Radheshyam today said that a three member committee headed by the Director Education (S) have started conducting enquiry in connection with the leaking of class XI final exam conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary School.

“A three member committee headed by Education (S) Director, Th. Kirankumar have started conducting enquiry to the leakage of Class XI question paper and have found 10 (Ten) Schools opening the question paper package without following rules and formalities”, Education Minister Radheshyam said.

The committee to enquire the leakage of question paper for 5 subjects for class XI examination conducted by COHSEM was constituted on February 19. Following the leakage of the question paper the class XI final examination has been postponed by the COHSEM. 

The Education Minister further said that an FIR has been lodged to the Crime Branch department of the Manipur Home department on February 20 to trace those involved in uploading the leaked question paper to social media.

“If we have to make society good, first we ourselves need to be honest, clean and sincere in our conscience “ ,said Th.Radheshyam during the press meet.

“Life is much more important than examination and one can appear examination 10 times and a guy who is illiterate can turn out a successful person later “,said the Minister.

He also said that suggestions from all are highly accepted and there is room for every improvement in the process of examination but unfortunately it’s high time to discuss a better way by giving education to parents or by any means.


He further appealed to all parents and teachers that they should not forced and give  pressure to their children  to be in the present trend of marks by using unfair means because life is much more precious than examination  and parents and teachers need to be honest ,sincere and together with one cohorts all needed to stop copying during examination or else our future would be lost and terrified.

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The ceasefire between GOI and NSCN-IM not extended in Manipur –CM

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Imphal, Feb 24

The ongoing ceasefire between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) is not extended to the state of Manipur. This was stated by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh while replying to a calling attention motion moved by Congress MLA K. Ranjit in today’s assembly session.

Congress MLA K Ranjit sought an explanation from the state home department regarding the hasty release of a cadre of NSCN-IM who are arrested by Assam Rifles and handed over to Manipur Police. He also questions why the state police who were supposed to drive out mob blocking road remain mute spectators by taking video of the movement.

Answering the call attention motion, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that it is the judiciary that has to decide on whether an arrested person can be released on bail or not depending upon the nature of charge-sheet submitted by the investigating officer of the Police department.

“The cease-fire between GOI and the NSCN-IM is not extended to Manipur and the security force had already intervened in to stop the NSCN-IM from setting up camps at Tamenglong, Chandel, and Ukhrul”, N. Biren Singh, who is also in charge of Home said.

The calling attention motion was moved by K Ranjit in connection with the confrontation between cadres of NSCN-IM and the Assam Rifles that happened on February 20 at Senapati and the incidents that sparked out following the incident.

Referring to news reports appeared in local dailies, K Ranjit said that a Captain of the Assam Rifles and his team while conducting raid at an NSCN-IM hideout camp, was overpowered by the cadres of the NSCN-IM and was freed after snatching his service weapon.

He further said that on February 21 the AR troops arrested a Town Commander of the NSCN-IM from Senapati district headquarter and handed over to the police. He was later shifted to Lamphel police in view of the security condition. Meanwhile, supporters of NSCN-IM vandalized the vehicles of AR and even tried to torch it for arresting the NSCN-IM cadre.

Ranjit said the arrested NSCN-IM cadre was released on bail on the same day by producing at the residence of CJM Senapati district which happens to be at Imphal and released on bail. As per newspaper report, the NSCN-IM cadre was even escorted by state police till Senapati, Ranjit alleged and question for the reason of such act.

“The state police didn’t escort the released cadre and it is the judiciary that decides whether to release on bail or not as per the charge sheet”, Chief Minister N. Biren said. He added that no weapon or any incriminating documents have been seized.

In connection with the integrity of the state, N. Biren said that his government will never compromise the integrity of Manipur for any issue.

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RPF rejects any dialogue with Government; says no compromise with Manipur’s Freedom

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Imphal, Feb 24

Armed rebel group Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) in a statement released to media house in connection with its 41st Foundation which the party observed as ‘Independence Demand Day’ flatly rejected any dialogue with the government at this juncture.
In a message by the President of the outfit, Irengbam Chaoren sent out in connection with the ‘Independence Demand Day’ said, “Under the current situation, it will be impossible to come to any form of agreement on liberation of Manipur through dialogue between the Government of India and the revolutionary groups of Manipur.
He said that there will be no conducive atmosphere for political dialogue on independence until and unless there are inescapable conditions which compel India to liberate all the nations which it annexed at the time of its formation.
India’s initiative for dialogue is basically about merging the revolutionaries into the
Indian mainstream, make them real Indians; disarm the revolutionary groups and bring a solution within the constitution of India. The statement said thatManipur’s Freedom  will never compromise.
The statement however said that RPF welcomes all efforts of the  people particularly CSOs to address the separatist tendency of several communities living together in Manipur and consolidate the idea of a united Manipur.
“In fact, we are well aware that forging unity among the communities is a crucial task of paramount importance. RPF’s armed movement to liberate Manipur is a response to the call of the over 2000 years old national history of independence and freedom. To protect the freedom and independence of Manipur, our forefathers fought against neighboring Myanmar for over 500 years.
To RPF, one major obstacle to correct this notion and take the nation on the right path is the Government of India’s colonial rule. In fact, RPF’s armed movement which is now over 40 years old is fundamentally against the Government of India’s colonial rule.
The statement said that the armed movement is not a manifestation of grievances against administrative or economic policies formulated by the Government of India for the people of Manipur.
The armed movement is a movement to liberate Manipur and establish self-rule. As of now, the movement is unable to achieve much progress as the enemy, with their superior resources and power, has been posing all kinds of hurdles to the movement.
“We believe we have two big reasons for the ‘Ultimate Victory’ of the liberation movement of Manipur; the first one being Manipur’s written history of being an independent nation which is over 2000 years old, and the second one is the forced annexation of Manipur by India. It has been accepted by one and all that it was these
two reasons which gave birth to the revolutionary movement.
As we cannot rely on our own strength alone in our fight against India, it is our indispensable strategy to forge alliance with neighboring revolutionary groups. It is also a part of our strategy to make ourselves capable of seeking timely assistance from countries which are hostile to India or which intend to weaken India. We are also well aware that there is a strong possibility of disintegration of India from inside with different communities/States/regions giving more emphasis to their own interests at the cost of united India.
The statement also blamed India terming it as a war-mongering country which has been provoking neighboring countries to wars without thinking of the consequences. The recent statement of newly appointed Indian army chief General MM Naravane that the Indian army will conquer Pakistan Administered Kashmir if the Parliament gives permission and insertion of Nepal’s Limpiyadhura, Lipulek and Kalapani within the territory of India in maps published by India unmistakably testify that India is a country which is keen to revive the idea of imperialism. As a result, India’s diplomatic relations with neighboring countries have been growing from bad to worse., the statement added.
The statement said that the claim of State Government leaders and those who see the revolutionary movement only from its appearance that the movement has been suppressed is not based on the right perspective.
“We will definitely pave the way for a war of liberation for our future generations even if the war takes a thousand years. This will be a sweet victory for the revolutionary movement”, Irengbam Chaoren said.

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The dilemma in parliamentary reporting

Budget Session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly began from February 14. 2020, with the Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla addressing the house. First time in the history of Manipur Legislative Assembly, Except one opposition MLA no other opposition MLAs including the opposition leader skipped a photo session officially taken on the first day of the Assembly session. The reason for not attending the official Photo session with the governor of the State has not been announced, however, the way that all opposition MLAs abstained from the photo session rise eyebrow to too many political analysts.
The greatest challenges of amateur journalists while reporting the assembly proceeding particularly during sessions. Senior colleagues often advised being cautious while reporting Assembly session proceeding as there is possibility of unwanted consequences that may occur during the course of filing stories about the proceedings.
Usage of terminology has been a major concern for journalists doing parliamentary reporting. A minor mistake on the terminology often amounts to a mockery of the legislators besides degrading the credibility of the media organization. It is not just the usage of terminology but it is also about maintaining the integrity of being a journalist which was often hampered due to the privilege of the house.
A senior Journalist of the state was once summoned to apology before the house for alleged mockery of the house reflected at one of his write up.
Sometimes if a member of the house was found sleeping when another member was moving motion or answering to questions. Sometimes a member walks out of the house when the house was discussing serious issues. Sometimes a mere breach of protocol by a member becomes a joke or sometimes a mobile phone ringing might disturb the proceeding of the house. These are stories that will draw the attention of the audiences. Sometimes, slang and unparliamentary words from a member of the house during the session but went unrecorded as per the ruling of the Speaker can be reported or not.   Any write up criticizing an event that comes under the jurisdiction of Assembly Secretariat during the session or any damage done during the period could be called upon for contempt.
The question arises out here is - Are we journalists being denied the right to freedom of reporting? Are our rights limited only to a certain area?
Certainly, there are certain limitations to parliamentary reporting. But what are the limitations? The area of limitation at which a reporter need to strictly abide need to be published by the authority of the learned staffs of the state Legislative Assembly.
Is any critical and analytical reporting on the speech of the Governor of Manipur be produced in the newspaper. If in case there are proved of the inefficiency of the then assembly staff in proving information to the honorable members. But would not this amount to the breach of privilege of the house?
Now another question is the certain alleged misappropriation happening inside the Assembly secretariat. Journalists certainly want to put up the issue through their story but on assuming whether it amounts to a breach of privilege or not, one often rollback.