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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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UNLF Chairman RK Meghen taken to Delhi

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Imphal, Nov 11

Chairman of the United Nation Liberation Front (UNLF), RK Meghen @ Sanayaima, who has been set free after completion of conviction from Guwahati Central jail, Kahilipara on Saturday evening has been taken to new Delhi today morning by the officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Report reaching here said that the MHA officials took RK Meghen in a Guwahati –New Delhi bound Indigo flight which departed at 11.11 am today. His son RK Chinglen and lawyer M. Gunadhor also accompanied the UNLF Chief.

RK Meghen has been requested by the MHA officials not to visit his hometown Imphal in view of the present social tension in the state in the wake of the final settlement of the Naga issue. He was not re-arrested but taken by the MHA by assuring full security source from Guwahati said yesterday however, the source did not said anything on the provisions that RK Meghen has been taken to New Delhi even as he had completed his jail term and set free.

Source also added that RK Meghen will be under security cover of the MHA till the situation here in the state has been contained.

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Alert demonstration demanding disclosure of FA continues; More Congress MLAs joins COCOMI protest

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Imphal, Nov 11

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh assurance to the people of the state at which he stated that the Manipur Government along with Assam and AP government will be consulted before the signing of the final agreement has failed to convince the people of the state which are demanding disclosure of the Frame work agreement signed between the Government of India, NSCN-IM and the NNPGs on October 31 at New Delhi. People of the state particularly in Imphal Valley have been staging various form of alert demonstration since October last week demanding disclosure of the contents of the FA, under the aegis of the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI). The people staged sit-in- demonstration, thronged to the residences of Local MLAs and formed human chain cautioning serious agitation if the interest of the state has been hurt in settling of the Naga issue.

Many Congress MLAs including Khumukcham Joykishan, AK Mirabai , Govindas Konthoujam , Th. Lokeshwar, RK Imo etc. have started joining the peoples’ protest. AK Mirabai, Govindas Konthoujam had joined rally organised under the aegis of the COCOMI, MLA Lokeshwar and MLA Kh. Joykishan had openly declare their stand with the people. 

Today MLA RK Imo of Sagolband Assembly Constituency today joined a demonstration at Sagolband Moirang Leirak . An interactive session cum protest against the non disclosure of the agreement in the Indo-Naga Peace Accord was also held during the alert demonstration. The interactive session welcomes all peaceful solution in the region but that should not come at the expense of another state, community, caste, religion or people. A resolution have been passed to press the Prime Minister to consult all stake holders and disclosure of the details in the agreement. They have also decided to urge the Prime Minister for amendment of the MLR& LR Act and made applicable to all parts of the state.

On the other hand students of Royal Academy of Science, Competitive Success Academy and Maipakpi Higher Sec School formed human chain and shouted slogans for protection of the integrity of the state at Konung mamang Andro parking in Imphal East.

The protest demonstration today gains momentum with the people of Tera Lukram Leirak blocking road while staging alert demonstration at the area.

Meanwhile, Communist Party of India (CPI) Manipur State Council also organised a public discourse in connection with the Indo –Naga Peace Talk at Kuki Inn Imphal. CPI MP D. Raja and leaders of the left parties from the Manipur attended and discuss about the consequences which might occurred as a fall out of the FA agreement.

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Financial assistant of KTT Media fellowship handed over

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Imphal, Nov 11

First installment of financial assistance provided to journalist Babie Shirin under the Khelen Thokchom Media Fellowship program for the 2nd year by the Chairman of the Trust Thokchom Ongbi Memcha Devi at a simple function held at the residence of late Khelen Thokchom at Tera Loukrakpam Leikai on Sunday.

Babie Shirin will be filing at least 6 stories on the water crisis and its management in the state within 6 months. Financial assistance under the Media Fellowship is Rs. 50,000/- and will be given to her on installment basis. A sum of Rs. 15, 000/- has been handed over to her as first installment. 

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HM assurance to GOM : Is it the only means left?

Once more Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh had stated that the Union Home Minister Amit Shah had assured that state government of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will be consulted before the signing of the final settlement of Naga issue. It’s not a new words from the Chief Minister of Manipur. He had been saying this quite for sometimes in the wake of the public upraised. Then why the people cannot be convinced?
Well an assurance by the Union Home Minister conveyed through the Chief Minister of Manipur should have been enough to calm the people of the state from any kind of fear psychosis lingering to the mind of the people of the state. However, the trust deficit that they failed to bridge fails to calm the people of this state. It was not that people are skeptic to the political integrity of Union Home Minister Amit Shah but it was the bitter instances of those in the highest post of the state and centre had committed in the past.
If one remember, it was on June 13 of 2001 that the then Union Defence Minister George Fernandez, while speaking to a gathering at GM Hall here in Imphal announced that, no agreement that the people of the state opposed including extension of cease fire between the government of India and NSCN-IM beyond the state of Nagaland will be signed. It was on the next day, i.e.  on June 14, 2001, after the then Defence Minister had left Imphal, the then interlocutor of that time Mr. Padmabhaya , signed the agreement with the leadership of the NSCN-IM by adding three words to the extension of the cease fire –”without territorial limit”, which was against the assurance of the then Defence Minister of India a day before. The result of adding the three words that the defence minister assured to exclude it from the agreement , had burnt the entire state of Manipur. The world witnessed burning of the state legislative Assembly, along with many government quarters and offices of political parties. The tears still wet mothers, widows and son and daughters of 18 people who died during the bloodiest uprising for protection of the territorial and political boundary of the state. Left with no choice the then government had removed the 3 words “without territorial limits” from the agreement on July 27 of that year.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had assured many times that Manipur’s interest will never be hurt while solving or settling the issues with the NSCN-IM. The words were also echoed by many BJP leaders who are in power including the strong man Amit Shah , the Union Home Minister of the country. Unlike other Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah combo led government is a bit different. Since they started running the country most of the words promised by them have been seen fulfilled, no matter they get votes or not during election , they always stand with what they had promised to the people. The first term of Narendra Modi led NDA government witnessed many outdated law being scrapped after he announced that outdated laws will be scrapped while delivering speech at Medison Square garden. However, for reason best known, AFSPA is still not scrapped.
So the point wanted to drew the attention of the government is that if they really want the people to have trust in the government to believe in whatever announce or declare by the Prime Minister or Home Minister, let it be converted into action, leaving aside the political gain.
Manipur have been a more peaceful state today if the so called promises are being fulfilled. Now one way to calm the people and to restore the peaceful coexistence in the state is to let everything known to the public. Settling the issue of NSCN-IM is what people of the entire North east region have desired . What ever agreed and whatever the NSCN-IM demanded should be made public and it is perfect time now as the final settlement has been reached yesterday. It’s time now that  the government of India placed the demand of the NSCN-IM in public domain and also the agreed points of the government that the NSCN-IM had demanded. Otherwise , the trust deficit between the common people and the Political leaders running the country can never be bridged.