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New migratory birds sighted at Loktak Lake




IMPHAL, Jan 20 (NENA): A few new species of migratory birds were found flocking at Loktak Lake during this year’s bird count, but the exact number of birds is yet to be known officially as of now.

A total of 250 volunteers were used during Saturday's bird count conducted at 50 different spots of the lake, jointly conducted by the Wild Life Wing, Manipur Forest Department and Indian Bird Conservation Network with the help of various organisations.

Officials said a few new feathered visitors were sighted this year. Bird count at the Manipur’s iconic lake is done during this time of winter every year.  

A number of migratory birds and a variety of waterfowl arrive at Loktak Lake, a Ramsar site, from mainland Russia, Siberia and the Himalayan range in the months of November, December and January every year.

However, environmentalists and forest officials are alarmed by the sharp reduction in the number of these birds due to human disturbances in the last few years.

Volunteers from the Toubul Youth Development Association, Bishnupur, Nachou Educational and Youth Development Association, Bishnupur and Khuman Youth Welfare Association took part in the bird count.

 

 

 

 

 
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Open Platform Shillong: Writers and Artistes deliberate towards ‘universal creative realization’

23 Jan 2012 - 4:11am | editor

The North East Writers’ & Artists’ Conclave (NEWAC), a mobile forum travelling through north east India, opened its Shillong Chapter at the Seminar Hall, State Central Library on Fri, 20th Jan, 2012. The Shillong Chapter was coordinated by Eric Nongkynrih, Assoc. Prof. (English), St. Edmunds College and was attended by both students and academicians, as well as established writers and published poets. There was book and poetry reading as well as short talks on the area of ones’ artistic interest or research. Some of the prominent participants were former politician with artistic repertoire R G Lyngdoh, Pankaj Thapa of Sikkim Govt College, well-known Poet Esther Syiem, Joshua Rynjah of St. Mary’s College, Compulsive scribbler Iamon M Syiem, Artist and Documentary maker Raphael Warjri, Independent Researcher Renee Lulam, promising Photographer Langkupar War and Engineer- poet Ibohal Ravi Kshetrimayum.



R G Lyngdoh
The North East Writer’s & Artists’ Conclave seeks to provide a platform for “creative expression” whereby artists in the field of literature, music, dance, theatre, film, photography, painting and other such forms of aesthetic and research-based academic endeavors may mutually enrich and motivate each other toward “universal creative realizations.” The movement kick-started on 22 Dec, 2011 at the 13th North East Book Fair in Guwahati and was attended by published writers and poets, whether students, bureaucrats or media persons, who spoke about their works and aspirations. The next conclave was held in Dimapur on 30th Dec, 2011, where various established and professional artists like musicians, writer-poets, film makers and other creative persons gathered for a heart-to-heart talk about their artistic gifting, social responsibilities and future collaborative possibilities.


The north east being a hot-bed of rich artistic talent, NEWAC seeks to harness the talent and put forth a united voice springing from artistic lives in the region. It is a selfless effort to promote the art and literature of the land and also to personally encourage artists to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals. NEWAC, with the support of the people, hopes to work toward a “Shillong Art & Literature Festival” in the near future.


NEWAC is initiated by Susan Waten, Founder Director of Holiday Abode for Writers & Artists (HAWA), Dimapur and jointly organized and aided by Aiyushman Dutta, writer-activist and Founder Secretary of Quaint Essence, Guwahati.


The Open Platform kick started in Guwahati on December 22, 2011 at the 13th North East Book Fair. Writers and poets, journalists and photographers, students and research scholars participated by reading out their published/unpublished works and by interacting with those who responded to their presentations, says Dutta.


The Open platform reached Nagaland on December 30, 2011. Susan says, “Writers and artists from various disciplines gathered for a heart-to-heart interaction at the HAWA Office in Dimapur. Musicians, film makers, published writers, poets, painters and other creative individuals shared their inner most thoughts with the intention of moving towards universal creative realizations.”





Sahanur associates captured

19 Nov 2014 - 12:27pm | AT News

Dhubri police claimed to have captured two jehadis during an operation where Burdwan blast accused Sahanur Alom is believed to have escaped on Wednesday.

Sources told Assam Times that acting on a tip off, a special unit of police launched an operation in Fakiraganj area in South Salmara where Sahanur Ali and Abdul Noor were captured.

However, Sahanur Alom, wanted in the Burdwan blast case managed to escape in the wee hours.      

 

Debobrata won Nazira constituency

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