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Former Talui village chief laid to rest

More than one thousand family members, Church elders, village chiefs, social leaders, friends and local villagers gathered at the Talui pre-centenary hall and bid their last adieu to former Talui village headman S. Rashing moments before his mortal remains were laid to rest with full customary honour at the internment at his residence campus at Ruireitang here on Friday.

Second son S. Khavangpam said their father S. Rashing, aged 90, passed away at 11:30 pm on December 7 after a brief illness. He had been on medication as his health had deteriorated since he got a BP stroke on December 3 last.

On behalf of family, S Khavangpam acknowledged relentless support of villagers during his headmanship for over four decades and begged for his shortcomings and if any of his remarks and deeds had caused unintended hurt to anyone's sentiments.

In his traditional realm for over 41 years since coronated as Talui headman on 15 September in 1950, late Rashing was responsible for bringing myriad major developments in Talui village.

In his condolence speech, acting headman R Agiron eulogized Rashing as a visionary pioneer who brought various developments in his village, and sustained the village peacefully under his administration.

Among his accomplishments as Talui headman, S. Rashing constructed Ukhrul-Talui road under BDO Fund in 1954-1958, Agiron said.

He said establishment of Talui PWD Office, Post Office, District Council, Dispensary, Tasar Farm, Water Supply Scheme and primary health centre in the village occurred in his time. Rashing also falicitated in installation of Electric Power Generator in 1975 and electrification of Talui 1987 through commissioning of 33/11 KV Sub-Station in 1987.

Further, Rashing also served Circle Development Block, Zingtun Longphang, Tangkhul Shiyan Chikan Drafting Committee, Talui Higher Secondary Academy Board, Block Development Committee as chairman and various other capacities.

Representatives of Tangkhul Naga Wungnao Long (TNWL), Tangkhul Naga Long(TNL), Tangkhul Naga Zingtun Longphang (TNZL) and social organizations who attended the funeral ceremony testified that Rashing has left a legacy of wisdom and true leadership in the western Ukhrul.

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