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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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HSLC Exam conducted by BOSEM begins at 140 centers

IT News
Imphal, Feb 17

High School Leaving Certificate Examination (HSLC) conducted by the Board of Secondary Education Manipur begins today at 140 selected centers. According to BOSEM, a total of 38664 students submitted forms for appearing in the HSLC examination this year. Out of the total students, 19040 are male and 19624 are female. Only 1 disabled candidate is appearing the board examination this time.
For the first time answers scripts are changed from landscape to portrait format and margins are drawn as announced by the Director of Education (S) a few days back. Watermarks of respective subjects are embossed on science and social science answer scripts, he had stated.
The first day begins with English subject. Students while interacting with this reporter after the examination said that they feel better with the answer sheets as they don’t have to waste time drawing margin.
“The questions are not very confusing and as for me I have done well”, Merilina  a student appearing the exam told this reporter while coming out after the exam. She, however, said that she was worried about finding her parents who were supposed to pick her up as the school front portion was jammed with lots of people and vehicles parking in an unorganized manner.
Brajeshwar, a parent who was waiting for his daughter said the authority should properly arrange the school entrance gate and the front portion as not only the students but we the parents and guardians feel suffocated. Moreover, a school like Keishamthong Model School and Ibotonsana Girls, are located near roadsides and jammed packed of the vehicles near the school severely disturbed the traffic along the road.
Authority should also take up measures to make the students more convenient.

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Bridging the alienation – Modi’s romance with NE states

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government at present is facing multiple criticisms from many intellectuals and political parties having different ideology, particularly in the mainland Hindi belt area. Perhaps he is the only Prime Minister of the country who received so much criticism from people of the mainland states. 
After India became a republic in 1950, criticism and anger to almost all the Prime Ministers until the Narendra Modi led government replaced the regime in 2014 were from states like Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Nagaland, Assam, and Meghalaya. No Prime Minister who had ruled the nation had ever taken the issues in these states before 2014. Perhaps it will be no wrong to say that Narendra Modi is the one and only Prime Minister of the country who felt that a strong India need to make the people of the North-Eastern states of India as citizens of an integral part of India. There may be differences of opinions among the people in the way that BJP led government under Narendra Modi work out to make sure that people of Manipur, Nagaland, and Assam abrogated the idea of alienation. But the kind initiative towards North-Eastern states indicated Modi led NDA government’s romance with this part of the country which was later joined in the Indian Union. And for that Modi government understand that a permanent solution with armed rebel groups waging war against the government of India demanding restoration of its sovereignty is a major task needed. 
It may be perhaps for this reason that the Modi government had started discussing bringing peace through dialogue with the armed rebel group of the region. Picking up Chief Minister of Mizoram Zoram Thanga, a one time leader of the armed rebel group the MNF, which have years of experience is perhaps the right choice. And many including journalists, scholars, political analysts, etc. appreciated terming Zoram Thanga as the only person who is qualified for such a negotiation. 
The period from 1950 to 1970 was different. There were full of frustration among various learned youths of the region. The period from the 1970s to 1980 was also different. North-Eastern states particularly the state of Manipur face the worst time. Civilians faced the most inconvenient time as the then government of India utilized their military might in the name of suppressing the armed rebel groups. Controversial AFSPA, that empowered the Indian military to shoot on mere suspicion which is still on at various part of NE states still angered and aggravated the feeling of alienation among the people. When the Modi government talk about one nation, one constitution and one law, the people in this part is still not enjoying the kind of freedom provided under the Constitution of India at other part of the states as AFSPA still enforce in this part and such actions were not enforced at any other state which is even more affected than the state of Manipur due to Maoist and Naxal movement. 
It is appreciating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had shown his government desire of bringing an end to the rebel movement, but how could it be when nothing that could be trusted by the rebel group has been taken up. Zoram Thanga may have had full of experiences but a peace initiative for Manipur, in particular, needs another mechanism. 
Series of meetings, seminars, workshops need to be conducted to find a way for the roads ahead by inviting all sections of people. It will be the peoples appealed that the rebel groups will only respond positively. The context of Manipur is different, it cannot be treated similarly to NSCN-IM, MNF or the Bodo rebel which recently signed an agreement with the government to join the mainstream.
This could have been done easily if the current situations of anguished among the scholars have been sorted out by streamlining the Manipur University. Narendra Modi’s love and admiration to Manipur and NE states will be acknowledged by all if he interferes the serious wrongs that have been going on at Manipur University. 
Everyone knows education is the backbone of the society and the society moves towards the direction with the kind of wisdom that gets through education. Manipur University is an asset of the country that may help to solve complex social issues as the institution is the temple of education for a better society. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s romance with the state of Manipur will not be completed had he not taken up any measures to heal the wound that the University is suffering now. It would be not a good memory of the next generation to remember Prime Minister Narendra Modi  by the future generation to be a Prime Minister who had left the ails in Manipur University by placing the university under an administrator for over two years. Perhaps the longest ever interim VC appointed across the country..


Government committed to render human service: Chief Minister

IT News
Imphal, Feb. 16

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the government is committed to render human service and work for the welfare of the people regardless of their political affiliation, caste, creed, religion etc. This was stated by him at the inauguration of Staff Quarter, Community Health Centre at Haoreibi Makha Leikai, Lilong today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that the State government fully endorsed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. He opined that when we uplift the lives of the poor people then there will be peace, prosperity and development in the State. The purpose of doing politics is to help each other and to gain mutual respect and trust among all the communities living in the society, he added. He informed that his aim is to build a strong and cordial relationship between the communities.
The Chief Minister further stated that the present government has fulfilled every promise made to the people. Emphasizing on various welfare schemes introduced by the government, Chief Minister said that after conducting survey about the status of people in the minority inhabited areas of the State, the government has identified beneficiaries who can be benefited from various welfare schemes.  CMHT, PMJAY cards have been distributed after organising various camps in these areas. The government has also constructed above 1000 houses in the Lilong area under PMAY, he added. He appreciated the people of Lilong for fighting collectively against drug menace in the area.
N. Biren Singh maintained that transit accommodation for Doctors, Teachers and Nurses are being constructed at 19 places in hill districts of the State. Some of them will be inaugurated soon, he added. With the support of the people, the government could deliver good governance, bridged the gap between hills and valley in the State. In the next 5-10 years, the State would be transformed into ‘Golden Land’ with the present pace of the government, he assured.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri L. Jayantakumar appealed the doctors and nurses to render their service with sincerity and dedication while treating the patients. He maintained that collective efforts are needed for inclusive development in state. He said that the government would extend every possible support to improve the infrastructure of the CHC. He further said that Geriatric, Palliative care unit will also be installed in the CHC soon.
  The newly inaugurated Staff Quarters at CHC was constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakaram (PMJVK) funded by Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India and Department of Minority Affairs, Government of Manipur with a ratio of 90:10 with a total cost of Rs. 342.07 crores. The quarter consists of rooms for patients, doctors, nurses, medical store room, patient attendant room, conference hall etc.

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Hon’ble President’s Adaptation of Law (Amendment) Order Extending ILP to Manipur Needs A Review.

L. Ibomcha Singh
Former Secretary (Law)

On hearing the news of the notification of the adaptation of Laws (Amendment) order, 2019 extending Inner Line in Manipur by the Hon’ble President of India notified in the official gazette of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India on December 11,2019, the people of Manipur had overwhelming joy. However, on minute scrutiny of 5the adaption order, the said joy was short-lived. There is a serious legal flaws the adaption order made by the Hon’ble President. It is a great pain and sorrow to see such legal loop holes in the said order. It seems that Union Government had wrongly exercise such power to issued such order under clause (2) of Article 372 of constitution of India. For  matters where the Hon’ble President has to exercise the legislative powers under the constitution, such casualness should not be shown by the Union Government.
To point out such legal flaws in the adaptation order are not with mala-fide intention to tarnish the image of the Hon’ble President and the union Government, but to protect and uphold the highest constitutional office of the Hon’ble President. It is due to the Union Government dealing with the matter in a hasty and casual manner without consulting and seeking proper legal advice from the appropriate legal experts.
The fact is that the Adaptation of laws (Amendment) order,2019 was issued by the Hon’ble President on 11th December,2019 in exercise of power conferred under clause (2) provides that  the Hon’ble President may for the purpose of bringing the provisions of any Law is force in the territory of India into accord with the provisions and modifications of such law as may be necessary or expedient and specify the date from which the same would
 be effective where upon such law will be effective there from, subject to such adaptation and modifications. However, in view of the provisions of clause 3 (a) of the article 372, Hon’ble President can exercise the powers under clause (2) not beyond three years from the commencement of the constitution, i.e. the twenty sixth day of November, 1949. This is not an opinion but legal proposition based on factual legal provisions. This is not an opinion but legal proposition based on factual legal provisions. In this context, Hon’ble Supreme Court in civil appeal no .4918 of 1984 decided on April 1994 (state of Sikkim vs. Surendra Prasad Sharma and others) observed that, “ Article 372 (3) (a) makes it clear that this special power conferred on the President is transitory in nature and will not enure beyond three years from the commencement of the constitution”.
In view of the above discussion, the Hon’ble  President should not have exercised his power under the said provision as per mandate of the constitution of India. Therefore, the present adaptation order for extension of ILP to Manipur is unconstitutional ,void and has no force of law. what will be the fate of the action taken on the basis of the said impugned adaptation order is very annoying.
Now , the only alternative actions to be taken by the union government to tide over from the present impasse is to introduce a Bill in ILP in the current session of the Parliament for validating the impugned adaptation order by inserting a validation clause for saving all the actions taken under the said impugned order from the date of its notification.
We want a strong ILP not a paper tiger.
For anything against the interest of the state Government and its people, we can’t remain as a mute spectator , we have to raise our voice to rectify such mistakes failing which our future generation will spit on our graveyards.
It is my earnest appeal to all the civil societies and the stakeholders to remain clam without resorting to any agitations. We may have our trust and hope to the Union Government.