New Delhi: A fashion designer from Arunachal Pradesh, Jenjum Gadi, has earned praises for designing uniforms for the first-ever women’s band of the Delhi Police. Gadi was recently honoured by the Delhi Police for the elegant dressage — a red officer’s style coat, embellished with golden accessories.
“Even though I have been in the designing scene for more than 10 years now, I never had the chance to work on something like this … Red was a staple colour and was asked especially by the department,” Gadi told East Mojo.
He also commented on how red was a colour that has been worked with endlessly by designers. “So I focused more on the structure and detailing to make my red-designed outfit stand-out in a crowd,” he added. Keeping in mind the weather conditions of the capital city, Gadi has designed two sets of uniforms.
Gadi, who is based out of New Delhi, has donated his designing fee towards an NGO called Helping Hands that helps people from the Northeast, who live in cities across the country, get a decent burial or cremation.
Assam woman turns invasive weed into organic manure, earns lakhs
Monmee Pegu, a 34-year-old woman from Assam’s Majuli — the world’s largest river island — has successfully converted water hyacinth into organic compost. A bio-indicator of polluted water, water hyacinth also creates a favourable environment for mosquitoes and snails. This affects irrigation, reduces oxygen for fish and destroys native aquatic plant species.
Pegu, who runs an NGO named RIGBO, has turned 11,000 kg of this invasive weed into organic manure. Her work on water hyacinth began in 2016. “The issue of water hyacinth has been long pending in the village. The invasive weed blocks sunlight in the water body and affects aquatic flora and fauna,” she told The Better India.
Organic manure from water hyacinth, noted The Better India, has an optimum balance of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus content.
“In the first couple of months, we prepared around 1,000 kilos of organic compost. After the initial success, we scaled the process to produce 6,000 kilos of compost … The first batch earned the women Rs 2.2 lakh. I did not take any cut from the profits, but distributed equally among the women,” Pegu said.
Naga IPS officer hosts radio programme to inspire youth
Vishal Chauhan, the superintendent of police in Nagaland’s Mokokchung district, has tied up with the All India Radio (AIR) to interview successful people from various walks for life. The aim is to motivate people, especially the youth, and educate them on policing and career options.
“We chose AIR as the elders have a very big role to play in the closely-knit Naga society. The penetration of radio in the age group of 35-50 is quite high. Our idea was to basically create awareness among this age group. We thought we would make these videos available on our YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram platforms to reach out to youngsters,” Chauhan has been quoted as saying.
He also said that his ‘Police & the Citizens: Empowering in Unison’ programme was inspired by the ‘Police Ki Pathshala’ initiative that another IPS officer, Sonia Singh, had started in 2018 in the state’s Dimapur district.
15-year-old girl becomes panchayat president for a day in Sikkim
A 15-year-old student, Priyanka Rai, became the panchayat president of Lungchok- Kameray GPU (gram panchayat unit) in South Sikkim for a day recently. The initiative was taken to motivate youngsters towards serving the society and involve them in rural governance.
During her day-long stint last week, the teenager placed proposals to organise awareness programmes on drug abuse, women empowerment, child abuse and holding a ‘Bal Mela’ for young people.
Priyanka along with Suhana Rai from Lungchok-Kamerey GPU were also selected as members of the district child parliament that was held at Namchi Sunday.
“This year we sent Swastika Manger, a 16-year-old girl from Poklok Denchung GPU to represent Sikkim at National Inclusive Children’s Parliament. She bagged second highest votes to get elected as deputy Prime Minister. We will be sending Priyanka Rai from this GPU next,” district child protection officer Roshnila Gurung told Sikkim Express.