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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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School Amalgamation Being Done To Bring Quality Education: Minister Radheshyam

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Imphal, Feb 25

On the eight day of the ongoing tenth session of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly, Education Minister Th Radheshyam said that his department is amalgamating government schools from time to time for bringing efficiency in teacher-student ratio to increase the enrolment of students in government schools.

While replying to a question raised by Opposition MLA K Meghachandra Singh, he further stated that there is no violation to the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009 in amalgamating schools as the sole purpose is to bring good and quality education scenario in the state.

Responding to another question raised by MLAs Alfred Kangam Arthur and Shri O Surjakumar, Radheshyam also said that all the teacher recruitment processes in the state is being done in accordance with the guidelines of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). The department has initiated drafting of a new education policy in the state, and a consultative meeting was held on 19th July last year at the City Convention Centre with all the stakeholders.

On the other hand, YAS Minister Letpao Haokip said that his department has taken up 11 numbers of works, of which five works were taken up in 2017 and another six in the year 2018. He added that under the Khelo India Scheme, a total of 32 sports developmental projects have been proposed for approval to the Centre. This distribution was done one the pattern of every two projects for each district of Manipur.

The Sports Minister further stated criteria for taking up projects differs from hill to valley areas. However, it is the nature of work and the availability of funds that ensures the green signal for a project.

Meanwhile, MLA K Meghachandra Singh drew the attention of all the House members on the ongoing anti-CAA protests in New Delhi where he stressed on the urgent need to provide safety to the students, especially from NE region.

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Upcoming players need to keep the strong legacy set by their seniors, says Sports Minister

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Imphal, Feb 25

The Department of Youth Affairs and Sports today observed the Shannaroishingee Numit -2020 (Players’ Day) at the Khuman Lampak Main Stadium. On the occasion, YAS Minister Letpao Haokip stated that upcoming players of the state need to keep up with the glorious legacy of sporting excellence initiated by the senior players of the past and present.
While the minister was the chief guest of the function,  Bobby Waikhom (IAS), Commissioner of YAS was the functional president while the guests of honour were Dr K Shyamsunder Singh (IAS), Director of YAS and  Sunil Elangbam, Secretary of the Manipur Olympic Association.
It may be worth mentioning that the observance of the Shannaroishingee Numit was first held in the year 1999 to mark the historic win of Manipur in the 5th National Games that was held that year from February 14-25. Manipur emerged team champion by bagging the coveted Raja Bhalendra Singh Trophy.
Giving his chief guest speech,  Letpao said that the players of the state has been doing well in their performances so far, and the several medals, awards and laurels that they brought to Manipur was a testimony for this claim. Ratio-wise,  the state of Manipur still remains a forerunner in producing world-class players as we produced many excellent players in spite of having a small population, in comparison to the those largely-populated mainland Indian states.
However, he cautioned the upcoming generation of players not to be half-hearted in their efforts, and to double up their struggles and hardwork as many leading senior Manipuri players have created a strong legacy for them to follow.
Another major highlight of today’s observance was the flagging off of the Players’ Day Run by the YAS Minister. Hundreds of players of the state took part in this run.
Also, the chief guest led the gathering in the pledging of the Preamble of the Indian Constitution.
Noted bow-maker from Manipur, B Chaoba Sharma was also honoured by Minister  Letpao Haokip acknowledging his contribution to the making of Archery Indian Round Bows as a part of the observation of the Players’ Day.

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Restructuring the Attitude

Times are a changing- but the sort of changes happening in our state is nothing to write home about- or rather everything that should be made public. It has become a breeding ground for unscrupulous elements where the name of the game is “instant wealth”.
Gone are the days when enterprising people, by dint of their sheer tenacity and unwavering pursuit made fame and fortune. The “get rich quick” mantra being increasingly subscribed to by the younger generation has begun to bear fruit- rapes, murders, extortions, thieves and burglary, drug trafficking and corruption- the list growing longer by thee day. The race to amass wealth- even at the cost of giving up one’s peace of mind and the hearth and home have taken precedence over the concept of a peaceful and fruitful easy life.
Conscience and morality have been shoved off to the furthest corner of one’s mind- shedding the last remnants of humility to enter the temple of mammon. The result is a society where might is right and truth is relative. Honesty and sincerity is at a premium and the ideology of high thinking – simple living having been replaced by the reckless aim to attain power and influence.
Humility and respectfulness has begun to be looked down upon and is being equated with weakness- a trait to be avoided. Truths are being sold and brought at a price and the collective mentality have started to revert back to the stone age where survival of the fittest holds true. Making things worst are the growing number of indolent youths accustomed to luxury and exhibitionism influenced in no small measure by the western cultures but failing to capture the essence of the dignity of work and the regard for fellow humans that underlines the basic principles of these western societies.
Abusing the powers entrusted to them and turning their official domain into their personal fiefdom is the order of the day for bureaucrats and politicians while the common people are left in the lurch with a feeling of betrayal and alienation in their minds. This has created a chasm that is growing wider with each passing day leading to a feeling of suspicion and getting cynical of the steps the Government is taking up for the professed good of the public. This social turmoil paves the way for a breed of human parasites living off the sweat of another’s labour- intimidation and fear being their weapon of choice and not thinking twice about taking lives if their whims are not catered to. Shouts of negligence and deprivation trying to drown out the screams of the unfortunate public destined to lead a life of uncertainty and fear. Tolerance is no longer a virtue and wealth is the benchmark of a person’s worth- never mind the means one used to acquire it.
 Public memory has inexplicably shrunk to let matters pass- if only to wash their hands off the trouble of facing the bitter reality or to rectify it. Rationality has succumbed to power and ethics is an alien notion. A bleak future is in the offing- it is for us to stand up and stand fast- for the life we lead the way we want to. It is in us to walk with our heads held high and taste the sweat and the fruit of our own labour. At the end of the day what really matters is an unburdened mind and a good sound sleep.

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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