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Hopingson's support keeps growing: Kamjong villagers commit to backing NPF ticket aspirant

For quite sometime, those who back Hopingson A Shimray and the NPF ticket aspirant himself have been claiming that the number of his supporters in the Phungyar assembly constituency has continued to grow over the last few months. As reported earlier, till the middle of October, a whooping 2200 supporters from the constituency have newly enrolled themselves as primary members in the Naga People's Front (NPF) to support Shimray in the ensuing Manipur legislative assembly elections.

And while Shimray arduously propels the 'new-vision-for-the-people' mantra, it seems to make sense to assume that 'grassroots campaigning' to genuinely feel the pulses and concerns of the electorates has been paramount to the current growth of his support.

The former Indian Railways officer, who hails from Marou village under 43-Phungyar constituency in Ukhrul, has repeatedly stated that he has been able to understand the needs of the villagers and enlighten them on the need for securing their lives on political, economic and social fronts.

In a new development touted as an outcome of his ongoing tour -- which has covered 87 villages so far -- across the constituency, a group of like-minded youngsters of 24 villages under Kamjong subdivision voluntarily initiated a youth interaction cum enrollment drive for the NPF in support of Hopingson Shimray at Kamjong headquarters on Friday last.

"About 100 people including 85 youth from 24 villages under Kamjong subdivision drawn from different political affiliations participated in the interaction and pledged their support for Hopingson Shimray through a consensual resolution," event convenor Ningkhan Zimik told reporters during a news conference held at UDWJA office on Saturday.

According to Zimik, out of around 100 participants who received enrollment forms, 42 were confirmed as primary members of NPF on that day itself, while the rest are expected to submit the documents in a few day's time.

The participants have fully subscribed to the ideas and vision of Hopingson Shimray for the development of Phungyar constituency and other hill districts of Manipur, Zimik said quoting the resolution adopted in the meet.

He also said that the people have now realized the relevancy of NPF to the politics of Naga people in view of the ongoing peace process.

Continuing that NPF is also the only party that is pursuing effective implementation of the Article 371(C) for the tribals of Manipur, Zimik said as citizens of Manipur, they believe in the principles of mutual respect among the different communities in the interest of peace and unity.

To support Hopingson Shimray, each of us has taken the first step by enrolling ourselves as primary members of NPF, said a supporter Khangampam Eshidang.

"So, we are committed to work for the success of Hopingson Shimray in the forthcoming elections under any circumstances," said Eshidang.

Meanwhile, vice president 43- Phungyar area NPF unit B Chithung has, on behalf of the party, expressed pleasure in the enrollment of 42 new members in the party and extended wishes to Hopingson Shimray for success in the ensuing polls.


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Fantastic opportunity for Northeast musicians

14 May 2010 - 10:30pm | Aiyushman Dutta

Music lovers of the country could not have had it better! Committed to expanding its global reach and influence and recruiting more students from overseas, the Musicians Institute of Hollywood is making its first recruiting drive in India this year with an exhibit at Musician Expo at the Bombay Exhibition Center in Mumbai from June 3-5.

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18 Oct 2008 - 1:44am | Nanda Kirati Dewan
Guwahati's favourite FM station, BIG 92.7 FM has announced the winners of this year's edition of the BIG Puja Awards, which was instituted by FM channel since last year in 2007. This year's edition of the BIG Puja Awards had two (2) categories namely:BIG Public Choice Award & BIG Jury Award.

The jury, which consisted of Mr Pulak Banerjee, Mrs Anuradha Sarma Pujari & Ms Nishita Goswami nominated 8 Puja Pandals based on their criteria. Out of these 8 nominated Pujas, listeners were asked to vote in for their favourite Puja Pandal by SMS for the BIG Public Choice Award. Over and above the 8 nominated Pandals, listeners were also asked to vote for their favourite Puja Pandal, if they found one worth voting for.For the BIG Jury Award, the jury members along with the BIG Team personally visited all the nominated Puja Pandals on Ashtami. Based on the standard criteria, special emphasis was also given to the traditional style and environmental friendliness approach of the Pandals. The winners in the two categories are:BIG Public Choice Award-Nayantara Club Puja Samity, Kumarpara, BIG Jury Award- Fancy Bazar Puja Samity, Fancy Bazar.

The purpose of this initiative was two-fold firstly to give the people of Guwahati an opportunity to also express their views about the Puja celebrations in Guwahati and the best Puja Pandal in the city according to them & to recognize the efforts of the various Puja Pandals in organizing and presenting a spectacular show and encourage them to do better, on the lines of similar contests held in other metropolitan cities of the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Swapan Sinha, Station Head of BIG 92.7 FM, Guwahati said that "We were overwhelmed with the response that we received from our listeners and the people of Guwahati in this initiative. It is a great honour for BIG 92.7 FM to join the people of Guwahati in recognizing and celebrating the tradition of Sarvajanin Durga Puja and encouraging the organizers to higher standards of excellence and service. We would like to thank all our Sponsors, Partners and the people of Guwahati for making this Award a grand success."

Manipur flood: Minister assures farmers

13 Jul 2017 - 11:21am | AT News Imphal

Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister V Hangkhanlian appealed to the flood affected farmers not to panic over loss of crop due to floods. 

The Minister was on a visit to the site of the Raising of Community Nursery, conducted by Department of Agriculture, Government of Manipur, at Haotal, Pangei on Wednesday. The minister dispersed rice seeds varieties such as RCM-10 and RCM-12 at the nursery. 

Talking to reporters on the sidelines, Hangkhalien said that compensation for the farmers affected by floods would be provided under natural calamity relief fund for which the state government has already put forward to the Central Government. 

“Compensation will be given to all farmers once the fund is available. The government has made all possible efforts to help farmers,” he said.   

The minister said all steps have been taken to purchase alternative crops in case if there is no recovery from the current floods. 

Efforts are on to grow hybrid rice in selected areas like  Imphal East, Imphal West and Thoubal districts, he said but added that the government will not be in a position to cover the entire Manipur. 

The minister, however, said the crop yield is unpredictable as the hybrid rice cultivation will take place for the first time in the state. 

“The department is planning to cultivate these crops in the elevated areas in flooded fields also. If the flood water do not recede till August next, we have no option but to purchase other alternative crops,” he added. 

He was accompanied by Agriculture Director Dr Ph Rajendro Singh during the visit.