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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Sunday, 25 October 2020 17:39


By: Puyam Achou khumancha

On a sandy texture of sea I stood
By a sudden gust of wave I feet
At a low speed touched on land from air
Instant thunder storm brought stopless
Like a fallen rainfall of  July month
By the weaves  danced above sea-shore.
One a sandy texture of sea  I stood
Surrounded  all with a mighty fear
By waves admist the tide wave.
On sandy texture of sea,I stood
Had fallen many birds picking corn my side
with  no my wing,I stood on sandy shore.
These all become  completely calm
On a sandy texture of seaI stood
Bluntly shouted texture of sea I stood
Bluntly shouted admist thebtide-wave
Storm!Storm!Right to fight these
Being born on this human-birth.


IT News

Imphal, Oct 24:

Incessant rains in the past few days have raised all major rivers in Imphal valley running above warning level besides damaging many of the paddy field which were almost ready to ripe. The incessant rain not only put at risk to the cultivators but also caused landslide at many places including a massive sink at National Highway 2 cutting Imphal-Dimapur road.

Report reaching here said that the National Highway 2 connecting Dimapur to Imphal has been completely cut off last night by a massive landslide at Khongnem Thana, Senapati District, Manipur due to the incessant rain of the few days.

One truck belonging to the Satyam Industry has also been washed away by the Landslide.

Officials from the District Administration, Senapati led by Deputy Commissioner, Th.Kiran Kumar IAS, SDOs, SP, Senapati, Pradip Singh, IPS and PWD officials inspected the affected areas.

On inspection, the officials have recommended a new cutting around the affected areas. The completion of the new cutting is likely to take around one week.

Meanwhile the District Administration is working with the villagers for necessary compensation and assistance. Hundreds of goods carrying trucks and vehicles are stranded due to the landslide.

Meanwhile, major rivers in the state, including the Imphal River have been flowing close to the warning level due to incessant rain. The water levels of three other major rivers -Iril, Nambul, and Nambol-have also rose. Fearing breach of Imphal river bank at Singjamei area , 100 of peoples volunteers work together to prevent any breach of the banks.

Unconfirmed source said that all gates of the Imphal barrage have been opened fully as precautionary measure. A toll-free telephone number, 1070, has also been set up at the State Emergency Operation Centre.

On the other hand many paddy field which are ready for harvesting have been dipped under water at various part of valley districts in the state. 

Saturday, 24 October 2020 17:46

‘Remembering Khelen Thokchom’

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Imphal, Oct 24:

The Khelen Thokchom Trust will be observing its annual event ‘Remembering Khelen Thokchom,’ on the 60th birth anniversary of the late journalist on October 27, 2020 at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul in Imphal.
The three media fellows of the first and second Khelen Thokchom Trust Media Fellowship Programme 2018-19 and 2019-20 will share their journalistic experiences in exploring the news stories based on the given topics during the observation.
At the same the name of the selected applicant for the third Khelen  Thokchom Trust Media Fellowship Programme 2020-21 will also be announced during the upcoming occasion.
The Khelen  Thokchom  Trust which was constituted in the loving memory of the late journalist, to promote excellence journalism in the region, will organize the event as per the existing guidelines of Covid 19 pandemic.

Saturday, 24 October 2020 17:43

Revisiting the Free Speech

As according to Vincent Blasi, the noted law scholar, the most important role of free speech is to “check” government abuses and reveal to the public information that government wants to keep secret from them. If we follow this theory – which is a specific application of the democracy-centred theory of free speech – the press and all form of media including the social networking sites become the most important organs of a system of free expression.
In addition to the checking value of free speech, there is another consideration that is now acknowledged by Courts in most jurisdictions, including our Supreme Court. When we speak about the “right” to free speech, we do not just mean – as might seem at first glance – the right of speakers to speak unhindered. We also mean the rights of listeners and hearers to receive information.
A classic example is the Indian Supreme Court’s opinion in LIC v. Manubhai D. Shah, which used Article 19(1)(a) to vest a right-of-reply in a person who had been criticised in a newspaper editorial, on the ground of providing a balanced account to readers. Furthermore, instruments like the ICCPR and the ECHR make this clear in the text of the free speech right as well. For instance, Article 19 of the ICCPR states that ”everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds.”
If free speech is about the right to receive information, and about the public good of a society in which information circulates freely and widely, then the vehicles of information occupy a central position in any theory or doctrine about the scope of the constitutional right. Every law makers, bureaucrats or the guardian of the law should understand that the press newly invented social media like the facebook, twitter etc. is perhaps the most important of those vehicles.
Establishing the crucial role of the free press in free speech theory is important to understand a crucial issue that has largely gone unaddressed in Indian constitutional and statutory law: that of source-protection laws for journalists. A source-protection law exempts journalists from having to compulsorily reveal their sources when ordered to do so by government. The Court too have its own limitation of extracting the source.
This write up is being addressed to our so call Police officers, intelligent agency and others in the government. There is no logical meaning on why a journalist which is serving the society by publishing news which the government will never able to do so has been often harassed. Last year the NIA called on editors of some few media houses and forced them to produce all related documents sent by a particular outfit. This year intimidation looms large with government machineries targeting those whoever criticizing the act of the government. Kishorechandra’s case is perhaps one among them but the way that the government is handling the matter is some kind of example on how the free speech is under threat in the present day.
Well, the idea of intimidation perhaps may be considered as a tool to protect the ruling regime from being attack, but as people across the globed has easy access with those living in any part of the globe with the advancement in communication technology, the intimidation theory will not work. People know whether it is good or bad that the government is doing. An act without taking a look before lifting will be no different from digging the own graveyard.
Let’s give freedom of speech a chance.


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