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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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COTA threatens hunger strike and mass resignation

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Imphal, Feb 27.

As a continuation of demands on Rectification of 2019 Revision of Pay , an apex body Council of Teachers Association [COTA] has taken resolution  in a press conference today at Manipur Press Club ,Majorkhul  to commence Hunger Strike Rally both at hill and valley district from 29th February of this month at different Zonal Office.

Stressing  on the demands of the apex body, Convener of COTA Ch.Santakumar said that the apex body had staged 18  times sit in protest after serving an ultimatum on 2nd December of 2019 to the Government but still there had been no invitation so far from the Government to deal with the matter. And he continued that the Government had failed to turn the agreement made about 6th pay scale between the  apex body and the former Government  into action to increase to ROP pay scale  after a tenure of 10 years.

‘’It is time to remember the agreement we made with former Government and it’s disheartening to know that the Government had accepted demands of college lecturer for 7th pay scale just few days ago but ours are not so’’ said the co-convener of COTA ,said Dr. L.Ritendro. And he further said that if Government failed to take further initiatives the apex body would start mass resignation  as well.

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Love song in solidarity to China released

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Imphal Feb. 26

A song on the theme to spread love, empathy and solidarity to Chinese brethren   who are in the midst of great war like situations especially in Wuhan ,the epicenter of the new  Coronavirus    called ” On The Empty Street Of Wuhan” was released by  Anamika wife of King Leishemba Sanajaoba   at Tribal Research Centre (TRI) ,Imphal today evening .

“This song is dedicated to the brethren who are being affected by new Coronavirus and we also know how it feels like .Because   being   a northeast people which are  mostly alike Chinese and the North East people are also called like chinkies, momo etc by the mainland people of India” said Guru Rewben Mashangva ,the singer of the song.

The song was also sung on Lui Ngai Ni festival and had more than 1000 views after 10 minutes of uploading on  Youtube. Singers of this song are Guru Rewben Mashangva, Somaya Rumthao, Rani Sharma and K.Hoikimnei Kom.

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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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