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Ampareen Lyngdoh an example for women empowerment

She is the only woman candidate who has never face defeat when it’s come to politics in Meghalaya. Being from a family with political strong hold she left her teaching career and joined the Indian Youth Congress but was denied ticket for the 2008 state election which prompted her to contest from the United Democratic Party (UDP). In the aftermath 44 members of UDP resigned in protest as her brother Robert G Lyngdoh was a Congress legislator and the presiding state's education Minister at that time.

She won the following assembly election by defeating the former President of UDP Youth wing Malcolm B. Tariang who contested as an independent. Though she won by huge margin yet she was forced to resigned from UDP in 2009 when the congress attained majority and formed the government. In the same year she joined the Congress when she met the AICC President Smti. Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi. In the 2009 by-election she retained her seat. By joining the congress she was assigned the post of Education Minister even though she was not a legislator. She remained the only female legislator for the session of 2008-2013.

Similarly in the 2013 state election she was re-elected to the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly from the East Shillong constituency after the creation and delimitation of Laitumkhrah constituency. She proved to be a worthy candidate when she defeated the UDP candidate and the former cabinet minister Bindo M Lanong.

While holding the post of Education Minister she was alleged in the involvement of the education scam in 2012 and was demanded to resign from the post by many activists.

The recent scuffle in the Cabinet got her to be incharged of the departments of PWD (Buildings), Information Technology, Labour and Information & Public Relations after a cabinet re-shuffle.

Since joining politics Ampareen Lyngdoh has set her bars high by overcoming all sorts of obstacles and set an example for other women who eagerly want to make their mark in politics. The 2018 election will be her hat trick if she came out successful

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Davinder Singh 1st Indian to qualify for Javelin Finals

 Davinder Singh Kang creates history by becoming the first Indian to qualify for the final round of the javelin throw at the World Athletics Championships. Injured Kang cleared the automatic qualification mark of 83m in his third attempt with a distance of 84.22m. Being the last man to throw Kang uplifted the Indian team and eventually did it in style by sending the spear beyond the qualification mark to set his personal best at 84.22m.

 

His personal best placed him on 7th position among the top 10 to compete in the final on the 12th of August. With this he is the first Indian to do so at any Championship in the world.

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45 years of politics D.D Lapang.

From a road labourer to a school teacher, Dr. Donwa Dethwelson Lapang is currently the most successful Politian in the state. He first contested in the Legislative Assembly Election in 1972 from Nongpoh Constituency as an independent Candidate and served as an MLA before becoming the Minister of State Cooperation, Jails, Education and Civil Defence in the year 1978.

From then onwards there was no looking back until the year 1992 when he became the Chief Minister of the state. Though he held this post for only one year, He was again sworn in as Chief Minister on 4th March 2003. Due to disagreement in the coalition government he resigned from the post on 15 June 2006 and again became the Chief Minister on 10th March 2007.

In the 2008 State Election the Indian National Congress party won a majority of seats. He became the Chief Minister on 10th March 2008, but has to resign on 19th March due to fewer majorities. He again became chief minister for the fourth time on 13th May 2009 when the State was under President's Rule for 2 months.

 

Apart from holding the highest number of Chief Minister Post he also holds various designations before becoming the chief minister of Meghalaya.
1. 1983 to 1985 - Minister of Planning, Finance, Home, Revenue, Food & Civil Supply. 
2. 1985 to 1986 - Minister of Finance (including Taxation), Planning, Evaluation, Home     (including Passport), and Revenue. 
3. 1986 to 1986 - Minister of Finance (including Taxation), Planning, Evaluation, and Home (including Passport) and Revenue. 
4. 1986 to 1987 - Minister of Finance (including Taxation), Planning, Evaluation, and Home (including Passport). 
5. 1987 to 1988 - Minister of Planning and Programme Implementation. 
6. 1987 to 1988 - Minister of Home, Revenue, and Excise. 
7. 1988 to 1990 - Deputy Minister of Home. 

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INDEPENDENT MOVEMENT AND THE WOMEN OF MANIPUR

-By Sunzu Bachaspatimayum

Just as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi was taken by surprise when he was told that in 1927, a 13 year old tribe girl in the remote hills of North-East India gave a clarion call to fight the British, most Indian would be ignorant of her too.

She is none other than the fearless Gaidinlu from Manipur, who dared the mighty British, calling on the people to oppose them saying, “We are free people, the white men should not rule over us”.

In 2015, the Governmentof India immortalized her indomitable spirit by issuing a commemorative coin. A Birsa Munda Award and a postal stamp in 1996, the Vivekananda Seva Award in 1983, the Padma Bhusan in 1982 and also a Tamrapatra Freedom Fighter Award in 1972 were also bestowed on Gaidinlu.

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Paona Brajabashi THE GREAT PATRIOT OF MANIPUR

-By Sunzu Bachaspatimayum

Any discourse on patriotism and patriots in Manipur, would almost always bring up Paona Brajabashi – the National Hero of Manipur who gave his life for honour and valour. He was the commander who led the Manipuri Army against the British columns coming from Myanmar in the last Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891.Paona embraced death rather than retreat or surrender.

Although they were no match for the British columns in terms of numbers and firepower, the 300 strong warriors under the command of Paona Brajabashi fought gallantly until their last breath at the battle of Khongjom, some 35 km away from the capital Imphal. Their courage and heroism drew admiration even from the enemy.

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