Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram | Wikimedia Commons
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New Delhi: Mizoram, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh have been ranked among India’s top 10 happy states in a nationwide survey measuring happiness.

Mizoram has topped the rankings, followed by Punjab and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in the list of all states and union territories.

The survey, which was released recently, is called the India Happiness Report and has been prepared by Rajesh K. Pillania, a professor of strategy at the Management Development Institute in Gurugram.

The survey was conducted between March and July 2020, among 16,950 respondents across states and union territories. Among other factors, it also looked at the impact of Covid-19 on happiness, on which Maharashtra, Delhi and Haryana showed the worst impact.

Among the larger states, Punjab, Gujarat, and Telangana have occupied the top three spots in the report. Mizoram, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh are in the top three of the smaller states. Of the union territories, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry and Lakshadweep have topped the list.

A free library in a Manipur park

A group of 17 youngsters from Manipur’s Halang, a village in the Ukhrul district, have set up a free library inside the Zingkat Wonra Park, an entry-free park that is maintained by the Halang Youth Council.

Four mini-structures have been set up to house more than 100 books in various spots of the park. Visitors can pull out any book and enjoy the unique experience of reading under tall oak trees dotting the park.

Many of this group returned to Manipur from other states during the lockdown. One of them, Atai Chamroy, said, “We started this project to provide reading space to our readers and also promote a reading culture among the youngsters.”

Chamroy added, “We pooled in money from our own pockets and installed the four mini-libraries and the books are donated by well-wishers. However, since most of us are staying outside the state, we have given the responsibility to the local youth organisation for the future course of plan.”

Folktales from Arunachal Pradesh to feature in Rajasthan school books

Folktales from the Nyishi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh will soon be a part of the curriculum in Rajasthan’s government schools. Around five to six stories from Uiimok, a collection of 21 Nyishi folktales in Hindi, will be part of textbooks for the upper primary classes of Rajasthan’s government schools.

The book’s author, Jamuna Bini, an assistant professor of Hindi at Rajiv Gandhi University in Itanagar, belongs to the Nyishi community.

“It is also a befitting tribute to my ancestors and all Nyishi elders who have passed on these folktales generation after generation. I just documented these tales,” Bini said.

She added, “Nyishis don’t hunt tigers as we consider them as our brothers. A tribe in Sikkim shares the same belief. There is a tale about why crows are black in Nyishi. There is a similar tale in the Bhojpuri belt. This all proves how similar we are despite our diversities.”

Manipuri girl third in her family to become part of FIFA U-17 World Cup

Manipur’s Thounaojam Kritina Devi will be the third footballer from her family to feature in a FIFA U-17 World Cup. Her cousin brothers are Kiyam Amarjit Singh, who was the Indian captain in 2017 men’s FIFA U-17 World Cup, and Thounaojam Jeakson Singh, who was the sole scorer in that tournament.

Belonging to the remote Haokha Mamang village in Manipur’s Thoubal district, Devi will be part of the women’s team for FIFA U-17 World Cup that is slated to take place in February-March next year.

She said, “My father is a farmer and mother a housewife. We have a small piece of agricultural land and we are mostly surviving on that. But football is in my blood and I began playing when I was a 10-year-old.”


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