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Ashinikumar Mutum

Ashinikumar Mutum

Ashinikumar Mutum, a resident of Sagolband Meino Leirak has been writing for Imphal Times since 2016. He handles mostly Press release and announcement related news. Ashinikumar is also a social worker. He can be emailed at [email protected]

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Baloch freedom fighter to interact with Guwahati scribes

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Guwahati, Sept 22

Baloch nationalist leader Hyrbyair Marri will interact with Guwahati scribes on Wednesday (25 September 2019)  where he is expected to narrate the story of Balochistan freedom struggle against Islamabad and probable Indian contributions. The prominent leader of Free Balochistan Movement will be available through video conferencing to the members of Guwahati Press Club from 4 pm onward.

Born in Quetta of Balochistan to the family of veteran Baloch national leader Nawab Khair Baksh Marri,  Hyrbyair completed his early education in Quetta and Kabul (Afghanistan) and then moved to Russia to study journalism. In the Eighties, he moved to Afghanistan along

with his father Nawab Khair Baksh Marri and other family members. He used to visit Hilmand, where Baloch refugees escaping Pakistan’s repression had sought asylum.

Hyrbyair returned to Balochistan in the early Nineties. He took part in Balochistan provincial assembly elections in 1997 and won with a majority of votes to become a minister Balochistan provincial government in Pakistan. He was the youngest Baloch minister to decline

to pledge loyalty to Islamabad.

Instead of the words ‘I shall remain loyal to Pakistan’ he vowed ‘I shall remain loyal to my Nation’. Hyrbyair was also the first Baloch minister to protest against conducting1998 nuclear tests in Balochistan.

In 1999, he traveled to Europe and sought exile in the UK, the same year General Pervez Musharraf grabbed the power in Islamabad through a military coup and dismissed the Nawaz Sharif government along with all provincial governments.

In early 2000, a Balochistan High Court Judge (Nawaz Marri) was killed by miscreants, but the Musharraf government arrested his father along with many Marri tribesmen. Hyrbyair and his brothers were also implicated in the murder case. On 4 December 2007, Hyrbyair was arrested at the behest of the military government in Islamabad and put him in Britain’s high-security Belmarsh prison.

He is the first Baloch leader, along with Faiz Baluch, ever to serve prison term abroad for the cause of Baloch people. By February 2008 both were acquitted of terrorism charges by the British court. He remains steadfast with his demand for an independent Balochistan. He is open to the idea of dialogues but continues insisting that the issue of Balochistan’s independence must be a part of such talks.

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NFAI appeals to share film negatives for preservation; FSM appeals to save Manipuri Films

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Imphal, Sept 19

As the films being  part of India’s cultural heritage, the National Film Archives of India has appealed to the public to come together to save the films and submit negatives of  feature and short films for preservation at the National Film Archives of India, Pune.

The National Film Archives of India has drawn the attention of the interested Producers or Production houses or Directors etc. who wish to deposit the original or dupe negative, to provide their details by scanning the QR code available at the official website: nfai.gov.in so as to reach at the Director, National Film Archive of India, Law College Road, Pune – 411004. The National Film Archives of India may be contacted through Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Telephone: (020)25659516 Facebook:@nfaiofficial, Twitter: nfaiofficial, and Instagram: nfaiofficial for details.

National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has also invited to the public to share any rare film and non-film material for preservation under National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM). The mission aims at Preservation, Conservation, Digitization and Restoration of the rich film content in country.

It also appeals  to come forward and submit any rare, archival material in any format: celluloid films(8mm/16mm/35mm/70mm), still photographs, moving images, VHS tapes, U-matic tapes, short film, documentaries, wall posters, book posters, song booklets, lobby cards etc. of Indian films in any language. Anybody can contact to the Director, NFAI at [email protected] nfaipune.gov.in.

There are around 66 Manipuri feature films and a few short films produced so far in celluloid format. The negatives of these films are lying at the film processing labs at Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. Film Society of Manipur has also appealed to the public as well as the Government of Manipur to come together to save all these Manipuri films by extending helps towards the Manipuri film producers. Manipuri films are also a great treasure for the generations to come.

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Football Delhi’s Golden League coming back with the database to provide identity to all Delhi football players

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New Delhi, Sept. 19

Delhi’s homegrown unprecedented league, the Golden League is coming back for its second season on September 29. With a unique data system - FD Connect, this time the league is aspiring to be more connected and accessible than its former edition. In a bid to take the League a notch higher, Power Finance Corporation has come on board as a co-sponsor to the League.
FD connect will unite the entire football community together under one roof. With this, Football Delhi is providing an opportunity for every young player across the city to be a recognized football player in the city. FD connect will also provide its registered members with a membership card. This database will give access to the details of any football event in Delhi easier than ever before.
Meanwhile, the Golden League will be back with its second season which will continue for three months. The unique league aimed at promoting football in Delhi at the grassroots level, saw 176 teams playing a total of 751 matches in its previous edition. Power Finance Corporation, Chairman and Managing Director Rajeev Sharma said, “PFC is happy to support the Grassroots Football Development initiative of Football Delhi. We can anticipate that through Golden League participation in football will grow many folds and this platform will help the key stakeholders in identifying many talented players. I would like to wish Golden League very best.” This time, it is expected to be bigger and better as 250 teams have already registered for the league. A total of 1200 matches across 15 venues are to be played in this edition. The league will have matches on 12 consecutive Sundays with 100 – 150 matches on each day.
Football Delhi President, Shaji Prabhakaran said, “We are very delighted to get the support of Power Finance Corporation for the development of grassroot football through Golden League. This partnership will help in multiple ways to energize football at the grassroots level in Delhi and above all, football will touch every strata of society.”
With this unparalleled league, Football Delhi is trying to reach out to young football players from all walks of life and provide them with a platform to hone their skills. This distinctive league will have teams in 3 different categories – U-7, U-9 and U-11 and will have both boys and girls in the participating teams. In order to encourage more young girls to play football, the league will provide more points to the team with more number of girls.

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World Bamboo Day: RK Ranjan appeals to make Bamboo as means of employment

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Imphal, Sept 18

“Seventy percent of the livelihoods of Manipuri people are associated with bamboo products”, MP Dr. RK Ranjan said while delivering speech on World Bamboo Day celebration at Lamyanba Shanglen today. The celebration was organised by Bamboo Forum of India.

 “Bamboo Mission Manipur should focus more on this to make sure that Make in Manipur become successful”, Ranjan said.

He appealed the people of the state particularly the unemployed youth of the state to inject Bamboo technology to generate employment.

He added that Bamboo is the timber of the poor however people of the state could not utilized economically by adding value.

“Even the first Church in the state which was constructed at Porompat was built by Bamboo”, Ranjan said. He further added that Bamboo Shoots and other edible products of bamboo can make the people economically viable.

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