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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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SSA, RTE still a flop show in Bishnupur district

By: Wahengbam Rorrkychand
Imphal: Government elementary schools in Bishnupur district are in a pathetic situation with no proper infrastructures, low enrolment and retention ratio, claims a recent field survey.
Coalition on Advocacy for Lifelong Learning (CALL-Manipur) conducted a field survey of 20 elementary school under Bishnupur and Moirang blocks of Bishnupur district aiming at documenting 12 specific cases of violation in implementation of the Right to Education Act at aspects like quality education, infrastructure, functioning of School Management Committee (SMC) under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Mid Day Meals Scheme (MDMS) programs, enrolment and standards of elementary education in the schools.
During the survey, it was found that 80% or 16 schools out of 20 were found to have inadequate infrastructures and facilities. Building of 65% of the schools are in a risky condition while, 35% of the schools had inadequate classrooms and 55% of the schools had only 3-5 classrooms.
Interestingly the survey also reported that 85% of schools had toilet facilities but 10% schools have no separate toilet for girls. Only 7 schools (35%) have separately toilets for girls built at different location.
It is also said that only 50% of the schools in the district have an average below 20 students per existing classrooms. Enrolment and retention rate for both girls and boys in elementary schools of the two blocks are falling over the last two academic sessions 2016-17 and 2017-18. The retention rate of girls is higher than that of boys in these schools.
Regarding the School working hours, the survey findings suggest that most schools reportedly open between 8.30am and 10.00 am and closes in between 1.30 and 4.00 pm, while, 3 schools were found not running classes during schools hours during school visits.

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NSCN-K sent strong words to India Government, says will strike Indian people in Naga area if NIA continue terrorizing trend

Imphal: NSCN-K has sent strong words to India government stating that it will be forced to ask every Indian people to leave Naga country if the NIA continue its terrorist activities in Nagaland.
In a statement by Col. Isak Sumi MIP/GPRN, the rebel group said that the government of India had empowered NIA with un-paralleled extra-constitutional and extra-judicial excessive terrorizing powers to harass, arrest, torture and imprison the Nagas far beyond the legal limits.
“Looting of money during house raids has become a trademark of NIA in Nagaland. Regardless of the endless provocations of NIA to force NSCN/GPRN to commit terrorist activities, the NSCN had been maintaining maximum restraint but if the same terrorizing trend of NIA continues in Nagaland unchecked, the NSCN/GPRN in order to refrain itself from indulging in terror activities will be forced to ask every Indian people to leave Naga country.The indiscriminate manner in which the NIA has been persecuting even the innocent Nagas including the NSCN sympathizers, the NSCN in the same manner will be compelled to view every Indian people in Nagaland either traders, business men or government servicemen etc as agents, collaborators and sympathizers of NIA and must therefore have to be evicted from Nagaland or face the same fate which the innocent Nagas are suffering in the hands of NIA and other inimical forces of India covertly or overtly operating in Naga country”, the NSCN-K statement said.
The statement further said that the use of absolute terror during the first phase of repression from 1955-1975 by the India Armed Forces  passed unnoticed without international community or United Nation’s intervention due to complete censorship of international press and media coverage and partly due to physical and topographical isolation of Nagaland and the Naga people from the rest of the world.
No eulogy is deemed fitting enough to portray the terror and inhumanity the Nagas suffered in the hands of the terrorizing Indian Government Forces that literally enveloped the entire Naga country almost outnumbering the civilian Naga population by Indian soldiers. Many cases of genocides, mass murder, mass execution, mass concentration camps, mass rape, tortures etc still remain unreported and unverified.
“The destruction of wealth, properties and assets of the Nagas and complete destruction of more than 800 Naga villages through arson by Indian Army still is etched deeply in the collective memories of the Naga people. The desecration of our faith by raping naga women inside Churches and burning down of School and Churches reminds us of the “decades of darkness” in the Naga history. No amount of compensation can ever recuperate the vilest crimes of insanity the Nagas had been forced to undergo just because the Nagas want to remain a Naga. All these sufferings only reinforces our collective aspiration as a people and nation to further strive and sacrifice to reclaim our birthrights. The decades can be drawn parallel in many aspects as “The Indian Vietnam”. It is also quite relevant to remind the day’s Government of India and her top Army Generals that the contemporary Indian Generals waging the undeclared war against the Nagas candidly acknowledged the military failure and harangued for political solution because they realized the futility of using sheer terrorism and violence, instead, opined for resolution of the conflict through political dialogue. Some top Indian commanders even went to the extent of honoring the bravery of the Naga Army and stated that Nagas never used terror or terrorist tactic against them regardless of the uninhibited use of terror by Indian forces.
 “It must however be understood that the Naga Army even in the face of daily terrorism by the Indian Government Forces had only been resisting in self defense and never had resorted to terror methods even in an instance against terror spewing Indian Armed Forces. The Naga Army and NSCN had never ventured out beyond the India occupied Naga territory to attack Indian forces or has caused harm to any Indian citizen within and without or caused damage or destruction of vital installations or properties and assets belonging to Indian Government nowhere within or outside. The Nagas had all along been fighting self-defensively solely against the India Armed Forces forceful militarization and invasion of Naga country and there had never been a single incident where non-combatant Indian citizen had been harmed by Naga Army. On the contrary, the Indian Forces even in the recent years from 2015-17, several innocent school students and women have been killed and injured. Many innocent civilian Naga men having no connection at all with NSCN have been killed, injured, arrested, tortured and imprisoned. The innocent family members, wives and children of NSCN workers are harassed, tortured, homes raided and money and properties stolen and damaged by Indian Forces especially by the NIA” the statement said.

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Let’s fight against corruption together: Chief Minister

Imphal: Reaffirming the new Government’s stand to eradicate corruption in the State, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that it is our collective responsibility to root out any form of corruption so as bring inclusive development in the State. This was stated by him while giving his message to the people of the State in connection with the observation of the ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’ being organised from 30th October – 4th November 2017 today.
Seeking love and support of the people to fight against corruption, Chief Minister said that corruption is a contagious disease adversely affecting the socio-economy of the State and widening the disparity among the rich and poor in the country. He mentioned that after the installation of the new BJP-led Government in the State, certain steps have been taken up by the Government to tackle the issue of corruption by setting up of Anti-Corruption Cell, Grievance Cell, Monitoring Cell etc. in the CM Secretariat. And appropriate actions have been taken against those corrupt officials, he added.
To make Corruption Free Manipur, Chief Minister stated that Anti-Corruption drives are being conducted against those people who are responsible for misusing/misappropriation of public funds and to those people who violates the due rights of the people. Complaints related to corruption cases can be filed through Grievance Cell and website of Anti-Corruption cell, he added. He further stated that as a measure to hear the grievances faced by the common people and to minimize corruption in the State, Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day is being held every month. On such occasions, officials of various departments such as Medical department, Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd, Education (S), Youth Affairs and Sports, Minority and Other Backward Classes, Social Welfare and Police Departments and Manipur State Illness Assistance Fund are deputed to provide immediate assistance such as medical aid, loans, scholarships etc.
Mentioned may be made that Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed throughout the country. This year’s theme given by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is “My Vision – Corruption Free India”.

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Inauguration of Sanamahi Kiyong postponed

Imphal: Inauguration of Sanamahi Kiyong organised by the Lainingthou Sanamahi Thougal Kanglup and the University of Sanamahi Culture scheduled tomorrow has been postponed as the road condition from Sanjenbam to the Temple constructed at Nongmaiching Ching has been severely deteriorated by the non-stop rains. Speaking to media persons members of the University of Sanamahi Culture said that the road condition which led to the newly constructed Sanamahi Temple from the foothills of the Nongmaiching Ching has been in bad shape from a very long time. The government has been urged for repairing of the road stretch but to no avail. The organising committee expressed unhappy towards the attitude of the government over its negligence to the plea of the organising committee.

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