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Shirui Lily Festival begins in Manipur’s Ukhrul district

Shirui Lily festival, which commemorates the significance of Shirui Lily- Manipur’s state flower began here on May 16, like each year. The festival’s main aim is to promote peace and brotherhood among different communities of the state.

The event was inaugurated by N. Biren Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur.

The festival runs for five days and hundreds of people take part in it with great enthusiasm. Shirui Lily is organized and sponsored by the Manipur State Tourism Department.

Cyclonic storm in Arunachal Pradesh kills 1, 100 rendered homeless

A devastating cyclonic storm and heavy rainfalls have left a trail of destruction in Arunachal Pradesh. As per the latest reports, the storm has killed one person on the spot, while 100 people are rendered homeless. The deceased is identified as Khonil Gogoi of New Mohong, Namsai district. According to the official reports, he died on Monday evening after a building collapsed on him during the storm.

The storm caused further havoc by destroying about 200 houses, cutting power lines by uprooting trees and desolating various cattle sheds. The storm, which also damaged a church and an Anganwadi center, lasted for almost 90 minutes. The mobile service, electricity, road connectivity and water supply have been badly affected in the state.

Assam conservationist Purnima Barman nominated for Whitley Awards

Assam`s noted conservationist for her efforts towards the conservation of the Greater Adjutant Stork, Purnima Barman, has another feather added to her cap. Purnima, a native of Assam, has been nominated for the highly prestigious Whitley Awards 2017.

Also known as the Green Oscar, this acclaimed international award honors individuals that are focused towards nature conservation and its habitat in the developing countries. The awards are run by a British charity, Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN), which has already shortlisted six finalists for the 2017 Whitley Awards.

Sanjay Gubbi is another Indian to be nominated in the list besides Barman.

In a positive move, the Tripura government is all set to raise the number of Women police personnel. Chief Minister manic Sarkar told that the number will be increased by 30% of the original strength.

Tripura all set to raise the number of women police personnel

“Currently, 13 percent of the total police constables and 10 percent of the total police force are women. Our government`s target is to raise the percentage to at least 30 in the next few years,” Sarkar said on Thursday at the passing out parade of 144 newly-recruited women police constables.

The Tripura government will soon set four additional all-women police stations, making the total at 11.

Irom Sharmila set to marry boyfriend after poll defeatIrom Sharmila

Manipur’s famous human rights activist Irom Sharmila recently announced her marriage plans to her long time boyfriend Desmond Coutinho, an NRI from Goa.

In an interview with TOI, Sharmila told that the marriage will be held in Tamil Nadu in the month of July. However, no date has been finalized yet.

Earlier in March, Sharmila had announced her retirement from the politics after her humiliating electoral defeat.

Meghalaya launches 24X7 helpline for distressed women

A 24*7 helpline was launched by the Meghalaya State Commission with the aim of assisting women in the matters of distress and harassment. The helpline has its center at Ganesh Das Govt. Maternal and Child Hospital, Shillong.

The 181 number helpline will be an attempt by the state to provide help to women in all fields such as- counseling, police, legal, and other support services. “The helpline is a long felt need for women in distress and its launch will be a boon in reaching out to those who need help,” Theilin Phanbuh, Chairperson Meghalaya State Commission for Women said at its launch.