Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 25+ 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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Imphal, Apr 24:

Two days after the Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh had stated that there is no crisis in his government another BJP MLA Khwairakpam Raghumani Singh resigned as the chairman of the Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency (MANIREDA) today.
Khwairakpam Raghumani Singh, is the fourth MLA of the ruling BJP to have resigned from a government post in the span of just 11 days. On April 21, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh stated that there is no crisis in his government. The BJP Manipur Pradesh had called a crucial emergency meeting on April 21 at the party’s state head office in Imphal to discuss growing ‘dissidence’ against the CM.
In his resignation letter to Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Raghumani said he was quitting the post for “personal reasons, and also in the public interest, it is felt that my continuance as chairman of MANIREDA is not called for at this juncture”.
It may be mentioned here that speculations have been rife recently that dissent against Manipur CM Biren Singh is on the rise.
Earlier, BJP MLA, Poanam Brojen Singh from Wangjing Tentha constituency — resigned as chairman of the Manipur Development Society on April 20. On April 13, Thokchom Radheshyam Singh resigned as Advisor to Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh. On April 17, Karam Shyam quit as the Chairman of the Manipur Tourism Corporation.

Construction of the hotel is likely to be completed in two and half years, before the Sangai Festival 2025 - CM
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Imphal, Apr 24:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh laid the foundation stone for the construction of a Luxury 5 Star Hotel by Classic Group of Hotels at a solemn function held at the Sangai Conference Hall of the Hotel Imphal today.
The Luxury 5 Star Hotel will be constructed under the Public Private Partnership model. The construction of the hotel is likely to be completed in two and half years, before the Sangai Festival 2025.
Congratulating the Classic Group of Hotels on their new venture, N. Biren Singh stated that Manipur is a state with a lot of potential which could be developed well. He also expressed that Babina Group had shown many visible changes in the last few years.
The Chief Minister stated that the State had hosted many national and international events with many visitors coming from outside the State, adding that the State Government was earlier worried about the accommodation of the visitors. It is appreciable that the Classic Group had provided comfortable accommodation to the visitors, he said, adding that the visitors had always appreciated the hospitality service provided by the Classic Group.
N. Biren Singh stressed the need for cooperation and support of one another for harnessing the potential of the State. He also expressed happiness that people of the State had started appreciating the good work of others and added that with proper coordination, the State is progressing forward. He expressed gratitude for the people’s support towards the development initiatives of the State Government, stating that this is the right time for development.
Chairman and Managing Director, Babina Group Dr. Th. Dhabali Singh made a short presentation on the demand and supply analysis of hotel rooms in Imphal. A presentation was also made on the upcoming Luxury 5 Star Hotel.
MAHUD Minister Yumnam Khemchand, Textiles, Commerce and Industry Minister Nemcha Kipgen, Health Minister Dr. Sapam Ranjan, Public Health Engineering Minister Leishangthem Susindro Meitei, Chairman, Manipur Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation Khongbantabam Ibomcha, Chairman, Manipur Electronics Development Corporation S. Kunjakeswor, MLA of Sagolband AC RK Imo, MLA of Wangkhei AC Thangjam Arunkumar, MLA of Lilong AC Mohd Abdul Nasir, MLA of Moirang AC Thongam Shanti, MLA of Kumbi AC Shri Sanasam Premchandra, Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Commissioner (Tourism) PK Jha, Officials of State Government and staff of Classic Group of Hotels also attended the programme among others.

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Imphal, Apr 24:

State police seized over Rs. 30 crore worth of Heroin No. 4 hidden in a four-wheeler vehicle on Sunday. A person transporting the drug was nabbed by the police team while another managed to escape, said police today.
The drug seized was about 3.051 kg of Heroin No. 4 and was heading towards Guwahati, from Imphal.
The arrested person has been identified as Md. Somir, 23, son of Md. Hefajuddin of Lilong Chaobok Mairenkhun, Lilong, Thoubal District.
He was nabbed by a team of Imphal East district police from Mantripukhri.
The police recovered the drug containing 265 soap cases from a vehicle (Mahindra Scorpio) bearing registration number WB-58BF/6620. The drug and the vehicles along with one mobile phone, one wallet containing a sum of Rs. 120, one Aadhaar card and one driving license.
Md. Somir was travelling with two companions when the police chased them.
The police were taking position at Sangakpham based on information about the transportation of contraband items along NH-2.
A suspected Scorpio vehicle was spotted speeding up towards Mantripukhri side. Then the police team took a hot chase for the vehicle and it stopped abruptly at Mantripukhri Bazar as the vehicle was blocked by a tanker at a crossing, Mercyland Mantripukhri and two person came out of the vehicle and ran speedily on opposite directions, which Somir was apprehended, Imphal East Police Superintendent Ksh. Shivakanta today.
The arrestee disclosed to the police that Heroin No. 4 powder belongs to one drug dealer from Lilong. On the advice of the drug dealer, he along with one of his associates took the drug powder from the dealer to transport the same to Guwahati. He stated that he was about to get a sum of Rs. 25,000 as a transportation charge, the senior police officer said.
In connection with this, an FIR has been registered at Heingang Police Station under NDPS Act. Follow-up action was being taken up to arrest other culprits. Further investigation of the case was in progress, he added.
The seized drug would be worth over Rs. 30 crores in the international market, the Superintendent of Police said.

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Imphal, Apr 24:

All Manipur Hill and Plain Contractors’ Association today urged the government of Manipur not to award PMGSY works below the scheduled rate and to stop awarding works to firms or companies from outside the state.
Talking to reporters at Manipur Press Club, here in Imphal today afternoon, Vice President of the Contractors’ Association N. Kumar said that after works have been awarded to subcontractors below 30 to 35 percent of the scheduled rate of the work tender, the quality of the works could not be maintained and thus many complain blaming the contractors for non-maintenance of quality or leaving the work incomplete have started voicing from public. When the contractors’ association checked, it came to the notice that such works under the PMGSY were awarded under the scheduled rate and almost all those sub contractors have withdrawn the bill amount without completing the work awarded to them.
The Vice president of the contractors’ body further said that contractors of the state have been deprived by the state government of inviting companies or firm from outside the state. He said that in reality those companies from outside the state which were/are awarded work orders should actually be registered in the state. It does not mean that all works can be implemented by the contractors of the state but the state government can arrange by distributing the works among the contractors of the state. N. Kumat Meitei further said that as almost all works have been given to companies from outside the state, contractors of the state have been left without works.

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