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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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HRDA filed petition to take action against the arbitrary arrest of YFPHR activists

IT News
Imphal, April 7

Human Rights Defenders’ Alert, India has taken serious note to what the organization term as Illegal  detention and arbitrary arrest of Mr. Takhenchangbam Shadishkanta and Khangjrakpam
Phajaton of the Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights  (YFPHR) April 1, 2020 and April 2, 2020 respectively by state government authority for issuing a press statement t on April 1, expressing serious concerns about government  utilising  the  paddy  field  of  Langthabal  Phumlou  Loukol  to  set  up  a quarantine facility which will significantly threaten right to food, food sovereignty and livelihood  of  farmers  and  people  who  are  dependent  on  the  said  field
A complaint lodged to the National Human Rights Commission, the HRDA stated that the Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) is an organisation established in April 2016. It said that YFPHR’s member are the victims of violation committed by the state.
The members include the survivor of sexual violence, victims of armed conflict who lost their parents, internally displaced youth due to developmental projects, victims of  atrocities committed by the state actors. YFPHR works across the seven states of the Northeast Region of India, committed to address the issue of the Indigenous people  rights and human rights in general.
Mr.  Takhenchangbam  Shadishkanta  and  Khangjrakpam  Phajaton  have  been
spearheading  YFPHR  for  the  past  three  years. The HRDA alleges that no arrest memo were provided at the time of arrest but both were forced  to sign the arrest memo without mentioning the time of arrest and other details at Porompat Police Station.
The HRDA appealed to the NHRC, to examine compliance with all the mandatory procedures on arrest and detention  laid  down  in  the  CrPC,  DK  Basu  Guidelines,  NHRC  Guidelines  on
Arrest and applicable judgments of the  Supreme Court.
It urged the NHRC to  Consider initiating an immediate independent inquiry through NHRC’s own  investigation  division  and  direct  the  Director  General  of  Police,  Manipur  to
submit urgently –  All  records  (FIR  copy,  arrest  memos,  medico-legal  certificate,  certified
copy of inspection memo) pertaining to the FIR Number 67(4) of 2020 registered at Porompat PS,  Copies of written summon under Section 160 of the CrPC,  Copies of medical report as conducted under Section 54 of the CrPC among others

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CM announces Financial assistance to Manipuri stranded outside the state

IT News
Imphal, April 7

Chief Minister of Manipur in his face book had posted that the Chief Minister Secretariate Manipur has resolved to transfer financial assistance of Rs. 2000/- to the people of the state who have been stranded outside the state during the lockdown from the Chief Minister’s COVID -19 Relief Fund . The money will be transfer to their bank account and those stranded outside the state are appealed to log on to the web portal www.tengbang.in to get more details.

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IPSA distributes edible items to labourers of FCI & FCS

IT News
Imphal, April 7

Members of the International Peace and Social Advancement (IPSA) today distributed edible items to labourers of the FCI and FCS who have been facing extreme difficulties due to the ongoing lockdown and curfew being announced by the government to fight COVID -19 pandemic.
According to official of the IPSa there are 68 labourers in the FCS and 50 I the FCI. Since the lockdown their earning has been stopped and they are unable to find work to buy their daytoday need and keeping stock is out of question as the money they get from a day labour is even not enough to feed their family.
The distributed items include potatoes, salt, Onion and other edible items.
President of IPSA  Joychandra Konthoujamm while speaking to media persons appealed the government to make an immediate arrangement for providing essential commodities to the laborer community during the lockdown.

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Funds for CMST beneficiaries released: Minister Nemcha Kipgen

 IT News
Imphal, April 7

 Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen today announced that funds for Care Giver Allowance to the Persons with Disabilities under Chief Ministergi Shotharabasingi Tengbang (CMST) have been released through Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT).
The funds released are for June 2019 to January 2020 for the year 2019-20. Altogether, 4879 beneficiaries will be receiving the amount in their respective bank accounts, Minister informed.
As safety are of prime concern for all during this COVID-19 pandemic, Smt Nemcha Kipgen appealed all the beneficiaries not to rush to banks or ATMs to disburse the funds, but to maintain social distancing and avoid overcrowding in the bank.
Social Welfare Minister reiterated that funds for most of the schemes of the department are now given through DBT to avoid any misappropriation of funds by any third party and to directly reach the funds of the beneficiaries in their bank accounts.

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