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, Jan 16:

The total Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the state from January 16, 2021, till January 15, 2022, has reached 23,86,700. Of these number of people who got first dose vaccination is 10,19,282 people and the number of people who got second dose vaccine stands at 10,19,282. That means a total of 5,09,641 people have got the double dose vaccination at a time when the Prime Minister of India has appealed for booster dose in the wake of the Covid 3rd wave.
As per the report available on the official website of the Chief Electoral Officer of Manipur, the total number of voters of the state is 19,68,476. Of these 8,55,657 are male voters and 10,12,655 are female voters. The number of transgender voters is 164.
Polling will be conducted in two-phase for the state of Manipur. The first phase will be held on February 27 while the 2nd phase will be held on March 3. That means it is just 42 days left to go for polling. Whether the state Health department authority will be able to vaccinate all the eligible voters or not before the upcoming election is a big question for the state.
On the other hand, a total of 16,171 youths between the age of 15 to 17 years have been given Covaxin vaccine first dose within a span of 13 (Thirteen) days in Manipur, a government report said. The Covid-19 vaccination of youths between 15 years to 17 years started on January 3.
As per the report, the total number of youths in this age group vaccinated in Imphal West district alone is 5,232 , while the total number of youths in this age group in Imphal East district was 2935 till 7.30 pm yesterday. In Kamjong district only 34 youths were vaccinated while in Ukhrul district the number of youths vaccinated the first dose was only 75. Among the hill district, Churachandpur recorded 1520 youths between 15 to 17 years as vaccinated.
The State health department targeted to vaccinate 1,74,000 youths between 15 years and 17 years of age.

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Imphal, Jan 16:

As done in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP may drop party tickets to some of the sitting MLAs in the state of Manipur, a reliable source said. It is likely that the BJP may field new face candidates at some of the Assembly constituencies where there are sitting BJP MLAs.
The BJP announced its first list of 111 candidates for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. The BJP denies party tickets to 20 sitting MLAs. One of the grounds is that some of them have crossed 75 years of age. And another is to counter the anti-incumbency factor. This formula is likely to apply in the state of Manipur too.
The first list of candidates may be announced on or before January 25, as the Ticket committee comprising of BJP Manipur Pradesh President A. Sarda Devi, Chief Minister N. Biren Sing, Minister Th. Biswajit, former Minister Th. Radheshyam, National leader of BJP in-charge of Manipur Abhay Giri and Dr. Sambit Pattra, former Union Minister Th. Chaoba among others had already completed preparing the first list, a source close to Imphal Times said.
The expected constituencies where the BJP may announce their candidates are Heingang, Thongju, Keirao, Nambol, Mayang Imphal, Singjamei, Langthabal, Lamshang, Saitu, Saikot, Thoubal, Wangjing Thentha, Mayang Imphal, and Hiyanglam Assembly constituencies.
Election for the first phase poll is scheduled on February 27. The first phase election will be held at 1-Khundrakpam, 2-Heingang, 3-Khurai, 4-Khetrigao, 5-Thongju, 6-Keirao, 7-Andro, 8-Lamlai, 9-Thangmeiband, l0-Uripok, 1l-Sagolband, l2-Keisamthong, l3-Singjamei, l4-Yaiskul, 15- Wangkhei, 16-Sekmai (SC), 17-Lamsang, 18-Konthoujam, 19-Patsoi, 20-Langthabal, 21- Naoria Pakhanglakpa, 22-wangoi, 23-Mayang Imphal, 24-Nambol, 25-Oinam, 26-Bishenpur, 27-Moirang, 28-Thanga, 29-Kumbi, 46-Saikul (ST), 50-Kangpokpi, 51-Saitu (ST), 55- Tpaimukh (ST), 56-Thanlon (ST), 57-Henglep(ST), 58 Churachandpur (ST), 59-Saikot (ST), and 60-Singhat (ST).
Notification for the election will be issued on February 1.
For the second phase poll scheduled on March 3, the election will be held at 30-Lilong, 3l-Thoubal, 32-Wangkhem, 33-Heirok, 34-Wangjing Tentha, 35-Khangabok, 36-Wabgai, 37-Kakching, 38-Hiyanglam, 39-Sugnoo, 40-Jiribam, 4l-Chandel (ST), 42- Tengnoupal (ST), 43-Phungyar (ST), 44-Ukhrul (ST), 45-Chingai (ST), 47-Karong (ST), 48- Mao (ST), 49-Tadubi (ST),52-Tamei (ST), 53-Tamenglong (ST) and 54-Nungba (ST) assembly constituencies.

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Imphal, Jan 16:

The Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) has expressed angered to the killing of its Lance Corporal, Pouluanthai Gangmei terming it as cold-blooded killing by NSCN-IM.
Lance Corporal, Pouluanthai Gangmei of Reangpang Village, Noney District, Manipur was killed on the evening of 12th January 2022 allegedly by NSCN-IM.
A statement by ZUF said that late Pouluanthai Gangmei was said to have napped and torture to death and thrown at a site frequented by public. The outfit said that the Cadre had been on leave for medical treatment and was open with the public in confident that he would be safe to go free as he had been relieved from the fold on medical ground. However, the NSCN-IM hunted him and got him killed in cold blooded manner, the ZUF/ZTF said and added that such act as utter cowardice and unbecoming for Naga Army to behave cowardly.
“While expressing our deep resentment over the killing, we also convey our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and relatives who in such a time and manner had their loved one taken away from them. The Front had also paid a revolutionary salute and moments of homage to our well-disciplined cadre at his departure from our midst. We also convey our appreciation and gratitude to the Leaders, youths and loved ones who had volunteered to transport and served the mortal body to his native home Village. May your benevolence service rendered in such a critically hard time and place be richly rewarded by our heavenly Father”, the statement released by KD.Gangmei, Information & Publicity Secretary. Zeliangrong United Front said.

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in an important panel discussion related to innovative thinking and entrepreneurship. The program was organised by Meerut College, associated with Meerut University. In this program organised under the ‘Innovation Week’ of the Government of India, Dr Neeraj Kumar emphasised that the possibilities exist in every field and the youth should make efforts towards becoming entrepreneurs. I am also of the opinion that new ideas come to our mind randomly, they are like butterflies and fireflies (jugnu), which strike for a moment and can disappear in the blink of an eye. If attention is given to new ideas by being alert, then the foundation of new startups can be laid and innovative solutions can be found for many problems of our day to day life. Participating in the discussion, Anant Srivastava, Founder, Home Textile Exporters Welfare Association (HEWA) and its director Vikas Singh Chauhan, said that it is not necessary that only science students pursuing Technology, Mathematics or Engineering should focus on innovative ideas, students of any discipline can think of starting their own entrepreneur venture. Anyone having bright ideas and a positive approach to life can be an innovator. Students can become entrepreneurs with new thinking. The Government of India has declared January 16 as National Startup Day and is considering startups as the backbone of New India.
There are currently more than 60,000 startups in India. The central government is paying a lot of attention to new thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship to realise the dream of New India. Youth are being encouraged both financially and ideologically, so that they can generate more and more jobs by putting up their projects and presenting solutions to the problems present in the country. If we look at the figures, the difference is clearly visible, as compared to 4,000 patents in the year 2013-14, around 28,000 patents were granted last year, and 2.5 lakh trademarks were registered against 70,000 trademark registrations. India’s position in the Global Innovation Ranking is improving as the emphasis is on innovation in the country. Six years ago India was ranked 81 on this list and now it is at 46th position. Startups are proving to be game changers.
Indian startups raised $42 billion in 2021, up from $11.5 billion in 2020. Top startups in India include ShareChat, Cred, Meesho, Nazara, Moglix, MPL, Grofers (Blinkit), upGrad, Mamaearth, GlobalBees, Acko and Spinny. New thinking and better solutions are needed in the field of agriculture, mental health, tourism, and health services in the country. If the Prime Minister is to be believed, then the golden era of India’s startups is starting now. Each of the 625 districts of the country has at least one startup. More than half of the startups are from tier 2 and tier 3 cities. Half of the country’s population is online, so startups should focus on rural India and rural problems. The aspirations of the people and youth living in the villages are rising and the rural and semi-urban areas await a new wave of expansion. Today, the need of the hour is that the youth think in a new way and present new solutions to the existing problems. Innovative ideas will help build a new India.

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