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Rabi Takhellambam

Rabi Takhellambam

Rabi Takhellambam, a resident of Kairembikhok Mayai Leikai, ThoubaI District has been in the field of Journalism for more than 10 years. Rabi, is well known for his reporting from Thoubal side and Indo-Myanmar border. Rabi is also a member of All Manipur Working Journalist Union, the parent body of Journalist Union in Manipur. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]

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Lady E-Rickshaw driver inspires many women as she become economically independent

Rabi Takhellambam

Imphal, Sept.21

When intellectuals, activists and politicians are rolling their heads for gender equality and women empowerment, when law makers are in dilemma to frame legislations about protection of women’s right, a 49(forty-nine) years old lady picks up a job, which the society consider it as men’s job and now become an inspiration to many women, as she successfully showed the society that there is nothing such that a woman cannot do that a man can do. 

She is none other than Ningthoujam Ongbi Anita Devi, wife of N.Dilip of Lamding Elangbam Leikai in Thoubal district. Mother of a son and daughter, wife of an ex-school teacher presently running a small shop, Anita is today a role model who is much talked about in Thoubal town of Manipur.

Anita is the first lady to pick up the job of E-Rickshaw driver to support her family. After seeing her courage, she now became a role model for all women of not only in her area but entire Manipur. Realizing her spirit people from all wakes of life today has started supporting her.

This reporter who happened to take a ride in her cozy E-Rickshaw was thrilled when Anita said that it was her love for the environment and her zeal to serve the people that she had chosen the job of driving E-Rickshaw.

“I want to serve people and make my place green free from pollution, that is why I picked up this job”, Anita said when asked why she chose the job.

This journalist expected a reply based on gender equality but to her she seems not bothered about that. All she believes is that there is no barrier between man and woman when it comes to work. “Women can also take up this kind of job to show the society that we are not inferior to male folk”, Anita said. 

It was a company called “RaDiant Group” which supported in fulfilling her dream. When she started thinking about picking up a job, it was the “RaDiant Group” that provided her loan for buying the E-Rickshaw. Today Anita is a economically free woman. She earned Rs. 600 to Rs. 700 a day. Every day she pay Rs. 300/- to the “RaDiant Group” and could save around Rs. 400 a day to support her family. People from ThoubaI, Wangjing, Khongjom, Wangbal etc. encourage her so much that they waited to ride her E-rickshaw no matter how late are they.

What surprised this journalist is that Madam Anita not only supports her family with the fare she earns from her passengers but she extended helping hand to poor aged people who cannot afford a motor ride. Today, having more confidence, Anita want to encourage more women to join her. She wants to form an association of women E-Rickshaw drivers in the coming days.

“As of now I don’t have a parking as Association members of other passenger taxi don’t allow us to park and I wish more women take up this job and together we can form an association to claim our right to park somewhere at Thoubal”, a confident Anita said.

“As of now local vendor women use to contact me through cell phone for reservation of my E-Rickshaw but I hope we could have a parking to get passengers at time of their needs”, added.  

Anita also plans for an organised E-Rickshaw Service run by women only. She dreams of opening a call center so that anybody can call them anytime in need of service.

When asked if she has any demand to the government, the lady wish a charging point be opened at some convenient area within the market periphery. She also wants the authority to relax the restrictions imposed to the movement of the vehicle at some places in Thoubal district.

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Illicit Alcohol Set Ablaze

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Thoubal, Sept.22

Thoubal Excise department burnt a huge amount of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) which the department had seized during various raids and operations.

The illicit liquors were destroyed in front of the office of the Deputy Superintendent of Excise Thoubal which is situated within the Thoubal Mini Secretariat.

Regarding this, Thoubal Excise Inspector L Dino said, “The liquors we have destroyed today here’s worth rupees 2, 46,600 and there were beers and IMFL and they were handed over to Thoubal police station by groups who caught these items.”

On the other hand, Khongjom Excise Department destroyed Distilled Indigenous Country (DIC) Liquors worth around Rs. 93,300/- in front of Khongjom Police Station in Thoubal district today. The liquor destroyed today was seized by police and excise personnel during a drive conducted in Khongjom area.

Speaking to media OC Excise Khongjom and Pallel Kh.Yaima said the Police and excise team seized DIC Liquor 933 Ltr. Khongjom Police OC Dilip among others were present, when the liquors were destroyed.

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Tree Plantation and Social Service Camp held

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Thoubal, Sept.22

A mass tree plantation program and Social Service Camp under the aegis of the Eco Club was held supported by Unified Rural Development Organisation (URDO) at Wangjing Hodamba Jr.High School in ThoubaI District Saturday. to counter the changing climatic condition on earth and the global warming to some extent.

About 100 seedlings of different species were planted in the program Ksh.Premdash Singh Secretary Unified Rural Development Organisation (URDO), Bibatsu Salam and other teachers were present in the program.

Teacher of Wangjing Hodamba Junior High School Bibatsu Salam said that the tree plantation social service camp was conducted to fight the present drastic change in climatic condition to some extent which is caused by large scale deforestation across the globe including Manipur.

Such tree plantation drive will educate the public about the significance of planting trees in fight against global warming and hope that the future generation may develop the habit of planting more trees to preserve the nature, Bibatsu said.

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BJP Thoubal District Sewa Saptah Program concludes

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Imphal, Sep 21,

Sewa Saptah, a  programme celebrating the 69th Birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded today. The celebration was observed from Sept. 14 to 20. Showcasing of Art Exhibition, highlighting of the development works under Modi regime was the highlights of the programme.

The programme was held at Wangjing Wanngkhei Laikol. The closing programme was attended by Wangjing Tentha Constituency, MLA, P.Brojen, District President, L.Deven, Former BJP Manipur Pradesh Vice-President. Th.Jadumani, Leaders of 6 BJP Thoubal District  Mandal and Members of the BJP party.

On the occasion, speakers highlighted successful projects and schemes taken up under the first 100 days of 2nd term NDA Government. They take oath to keep clean, save water and avoid the use of plastic.

MLA said that the sacrifice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government had done the works which was not done earlier. He added that we should be proud and should feel lucky of having him as a leader of our country. 

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