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Cleanliness drive sweeps state

Raha town committee Chief administrator of the town committee Monuj Kumar Sikaria flagged off the ‘ Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ at the town committee office by administering the ‘ Swachh’ pledge to a big gathering compromising town committee officials. Raha police station officer in charge Sonmoni Saikia also participated in the drive. Raha town committee executive engineer Ranjit Kumar Nath was also present in the campaign. UDALGURI: Udalguri joined the cleanliness campaign with ABSU district and anchalik committee participating the cleanliness campaign in the Udalguri town from Bank Turning to DC court. Over 60 district and anchalik body workers participated in the clean India mission led by Deputy Commissioner Sadana Hojai to be joined by district ABSU president Nerkhang Kaklary , Secretary Rotendra Basumatary, Advisor Dipen Boro and Budhiram Boro. This was stated in a press release issued by Songit Basumatary.

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Chavang Kut celebrated in Dima Hasao

4 Nov 2010 - 5:32pm | Anup Biswas

The people, belonging to the Kuki community celebrated the ‘CHAVANG KUT’ (Autumn Festival of Kukis) with traditional fervor and grandeur on November 1 in all most all the villages inhabited by the Kuki people in Dima Hasao district.


Here at hasflong also, under the aegis of Songpijang Youth Club,the 22nd Chavang Kut was celebrated with daylong programme at Songpijang Play ground. The Day’ s programmes atarted with the unfurling of Kut’s flag by the Chief Guest Dr T. Haolai, JT. Director, Heath Service, Haflong. This was followed by the felicitation of Chief Guests, Kut dedication service by Rev L. Singson and welcome speech by Sri T. Doungel, President, SYC.


The spectacular performances of traditional dances by several groups from Haflong were the central attraction of festival. Traditional games and sports was also organized during midday wherein numbers of youths took part. In the evening, traditional couple show and Fancy dress competition were organized along with munsical entertainment which kept the audience mesmerized till late night. The Chavang Kut is the major festival of the CHIN-KUKI community all over the world. This festival is celebrated specially in Manipur, Assam, Tripura, Chin state in Myanmar, Delhi and in Shillong etc.


This festival is celebrated after most of the harvest is over. The villagers, the show their gratitude to the Lord, who permits them strength and long life and all the good things to them, they sing and dance praising the Lord. In this festival, folk songs are sung with traditional dances. During the observance of the festival people try to show their expertise in playing Goshem, Selki, Phit, Dahpi, the traditional musical instruments. With the urbanization, they now use to organize not only the traditional items but also the fashion show competition like Mr. and Miss Kut. Apart from this, they also organize traditional games and sports. Though the advent of modernization has caste impacts on traditional customs in some urban areas, but in villages, these traditional things are still in practice with some modification.


During the festival traditional dances like SAGOL PHEIKHAI, SELPANG LAM, LOMLAM, JANCHA LAM,VACOL LAM, PHEIPHIT LAM, SALU LAM, GAL LAM, SUHTA LAM, MOLKANG LAM, (stick dance) KHUL LAM were performed with the tune of musical instruments like – Gosem, Sumkon, Pheiphit, khong, Dahpi, Dahbu, selki, lhemlhei, theile etc. Though the Cavang Kut is being considered to be the major festival,other festivals like Chapphou Kut, Mim kut and lholhum kut are also there to be mentioned.

Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award-2012 to NERIST professor

12 Jul 2012 - 9:27pm | editor

Debabrata Maji of Mechanical Engineering Department of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) was awarded the prestigious ‘Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award-2012 (instituted in the memory of Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi) from Sriprakash Jaiswal, Hon’ble Minister of Coal, Govt. of India, New Delhi in a glitering function of the presentation ceremony held on July 10, 2012 at Speaker Hall, Constitution Club, New Delhi. This award is presented by Seemapuri Times, a Lucknow-based News Magazine. This award presented to Maji for his Excellence in work, meritorious services, outstanding performance and remarkable role.

Sports varsity brings new hopes for NE

NEC secretary Ameising Luikham
14 Dec 2014 - 6:46am | AT News

North East is full of sports talents. But the talents are lying unexplored to a great extent. The proposed sports varsity in Manipur would go a long way to bridge the gap. It would be a huge boost to the field of north east sports.

This was more or less of what speakers after speakers said at a seminar in Imphal on Saturday.  Organized jointly by Indian Chamber of Commerce, North Eastern Council, Department of Youth Affairs and Sports,  the North East Sports Conclave focused on infrastructure development, training, challenges and opportunities . 

 ICC Regional Director Ishantor Sobhapandit urged the industry to invest on sports and sportsperson and the national Sports University should bring investment in terms of manufacturing sports goods and utilities. In his keynote address sports director N Ashok Kumar said there has been clamor for sports as subject in school curriculum and it is a welcome move to have a National Sports University in the state.

Former hockey captain Bharat Chetri said the North East is the power house of sports map and that the region should have comprehensive region focused sports policy that would address issues like fixed remuneration to the athletes who represent their state and country in various events.

NEC secretary Ameising Luikham said the scope and optimize opportunities that sports offer so that the talented youth of the region should be explored to take up sports as an alternative career option. 

Manipur Parliamentary Secretary Mairenbam Prithviraj Singh laid stress on taking up sports by youths to physically and mentally fit to build a healthy and productive nation and expressed his gratitude to Govt. of India’s decision to establish National Sports University in Imphal.

 In his address Chief Guest minister Irengbam Hemochandra Singh who is President of Manipur Olympic Association thanked the Centre for allocating Rs 100 crores budget for the National Sports University in Manipur which is indeed recognition of Manipur sporting power house  for which the government is availing required acres of land.

 The Sports Session was chaired by Dr. R. K. Nimai who discussed elaborately discussed and spoke on the draft bill of the National Sports University. Dr. R K Dinesh Singh outlined on the need of architectural funding for sports infrastructure, training and  through private public partnership and industry should invest in sports and sportsperson from their annual CSR funds.

The focus of the session was the powerpoint presentation on NEC’s perspective on National Sports University in Manipur by Gautam Chintey. Tsering Wangey, President, Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association (AMASA). spoke on Aspects of Adventure Sports and Mountaineering Sports University in Manipur, Dhronacharya Awardee Coach  L. Ibomcha Singh Trustee/Advisor Mary Kom Boxing Foundation  spoke Coaching as Career Option in Sports in North East India and politics that is killing the spirit of sports.

Bale Thakel, CEO Ya Re Asia, Founder and Owner FC Imphal (Football) spoke on  Investment Opportunities in Sports: Football talent in small towns of North East, . L Somi Roy

Manager Organizer of Polo spoke on International Dimensions of  Polo-the game that originated in Manipur,  Sunil Elangbam, Secretary, Manipur Olympic Association (MOA) and Prof. (Dr.) K Sarat Chandra Singh  President, Manipur Polo Association spoke on the Role of Club, Boards, Associations and Federations to facilitate Sporting Talents and Expectations from Sports University in Imphal. The conclave was attended by several discipline sports associations from across North east and few of them submitted representations and memorandums.